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Steven Dyme, owner of Flowers for Dreams, poses for a portrait at his warehouse July 23, 2021, in Chicago. Dyme says the $15 minimum wage made it much easier to staff up when the economy reopened this spring and demand for flowers, particularly for weddings, soared. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Steven Dyme, owner of Flowers for Dreams, poses for a portrait at his warehouse July 23, 2021, in Chicago. Dyme says the $15 minimum wage made it much easier to staff up when the economy reopened this spring and demand for flowers, particularly for weddings, soared. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Wages keep rising as employers struggle to fill jobs — with $15 becoming a norm (access required)

For many lower-skilled workers, a $15-an-hour wage has increasingly become a reality.