Tue, Jun 24, 2014 11:53 AM EDT

Gap this week made good on a February announcement that it would raise its minimum wage to $9 an hour. Next year employees will see it increase to $10 an hour. The $9 raise for 31,000 employees will be felt most by workers living in the South and Midwest where states tend to have lower minimum wages.

(h/t BloombergBusinessweek)