Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced this week that it planned to fill 10,000 positions this year, after President Donald Trump sworn in and put pressure on companies to employ more U.S. workers.
“Kroger has a strong track record of creating U.S. jobs, and we expect that to continue,” Keith Dailey, the spokesman of Kroger, said this week. “We also want to spread the word that we have 10,000 open jobs today because we want job seekers to know that Kroger is hiring.”
In 2006, Kroger added 12,000 new positions, including 9,000 of the armed services. In the last eight years, the company added 86,000 new jobs, and its current employees reached 443,000. The new positions that would be added in 2017 included part-time clerks, cashiers, and also department head and store managers.
According to Dailey, the company haven’t decided the percentage of part-time jobs, nor the average hourly rate for the new jobs. He mentioned that “many will be part-time positions that can lead to full time roles”, and “more than two-thirds of them started their Kroger careers as part-time clerks”.
Kroger is not the only company that would add new positions next year. Wal-Mart Stores announced last week to add 10,000 new jobs in the United States in 2017, and earlier this month, Amazon said that it would also add 100,000 full-time positions in the following 18 months. In addition, AutoZone announced to hire over 12,000 employees through April.