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Valleyfair, struggling to fill jobs, raises pay for food workers to $15 an hour


Valleyfair raised its starting wage to $15 an hour for most workers in its park this summer. The amusement park still has 300 vacancies it needs to fill in the next two weeks.

As it struggles to staff up ahead of its May 22 opening, Valleyfair is boosting the starting pay for some positions to $15 an hour.

The wage increase at the amusement park in Shakopee is for food and beverage workers who are at least 16 years old. The park also hires some 14- and 15-year-olds, but they are not allowed to handle some machinery, such as fryers.

In recent weeks, Valleyfair had already bumped up the starting wage from $11.25 to $13.50 for food-service workers. But executives decided they needed to go even further to $15 to compete against other employers in the Twin Cities. With a little more than two weeks until opening for 2021, Valleyfair is still looking to hire another 300 people.


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