CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Starting Thursday, more than 890,000 Walmart employees across North Carolina will receive their share of a $19.3 million bonus.

North Carolina Walmart employees will receive their portion of a more than 560 million bonus, earned nationwide based on quarterly store-level profit.

Back in January, Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage for all hourly associates in the U.S. to at least $11, expand maternity and parental leave benefits, and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates of up to $1,000.

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"Walmart associates earn quarterly bonuses as part of an overall incentive plan designed to reward associates whose stores achieve sales and customer service goals. Hourly associates in North Carolina earned more than $4.7 million, following Q4 comp sales of 2.6 percent in Walmart U.S.," said the company in a press release.

In North Carolina, the company says it:

• Operates 218 retail units.

• Spent $12.7 billion with local suppliers, supporting 80,000 supplier jobs in 2017.*

• Paid more than $124 million in taxes and collected more than $605 million in sales taxes in 2017.