Clothing chain Gap says it will raise the minimum hourly wage for its U.S. employees to $10 in 2015.
The San Francisco company — whose stores include Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy — said Wednesday that the minimum wage for workers at all of its brands will be raised to $9 an hour in 2014 and $10 an hour in 2015. Gap said the increases will affect about 65,000 store employees.
President Barack Obama applauded the move by Gap, noting that in his State of the Union address last month, he had asked businesses to do what they can to raise wages. Obama has also signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for workers covered by new federal contracts to $10.10.
But Obama said only Congress can act raise wages nationwide, urging the House and Senate to take up a bill that Democrats are pushing.
"It's time to pass that bill and give America a raise," Obama said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Wal-Mart — the country's biggest single private employer — was considering supporting the wage hike Obama is pushing, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. A company spokesman said it was "something we’re looking at."
Gap shares fell 4 cents to $42.19 on Wednesday.