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Walmart U.S. said yesterday it would create over 22,000 jobs in 2009 to staff new or expanded stores in the United States. The mega-retailer is hiring for a number of jobs, including store management, pharmacists, human resource managers, customer service associates, cashiers and sales associates.
“During this difficult economic time, we’re proud to be able to create quality jobs for thousands of Americans this year,” noted Eduardo Castro-Wright, vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “At Walmart, we offer competitive pay and benefits and real opportunities for our associates to advance and build careers. Job creation is just one way in which we’re working hard every day to help people across this country live better.”
Last October, Walmart revealed plans to open 142 to 157 new or expanded U.S. stores during its 2010 fiscal year.
The company will create over 1,000 jobs in several individual states. For instance, the Walmart will create about 1,300 jobs in Arizona, 1,000 jobs in California, 1,300 jobs in Florida, 1,500 jobs in Michigan, 1,200 jobs in New Jersey, 1,000 jobs in South Carolina, 1,200 jobs in Utah and 1,100 in Virginia.
"The positive impact that these jobs will have on the families of the new employees and their communities cannot be overstated," said Richard Studley, president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
Full- and part-time associates are eligible for benefits such as affordable health plans with customized health coverage options. More than 94 percent of U.S. store and club associates have some type of health care coverage, according to Walmart. Other benefits include profit-sharing and 401(k) contributions, a stock purchase plan, and a discount on store merchandise.
In 2008, more than 150,000 hourly associates were promoted to new positions within the company.
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores operated over 7,900 retail units under 55 banners in 15 countries. Wal-Mart employs more than 2.1 million associates worldwide.