GM will also move some production from Mexico back to the states.
Three more American companies have announced plans to add and keep jobs in America on the heels of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Walmart wants to add 10,000 jobs in 2017 across the country while General Motors (GM) will invest $1 billion into several factories to help more than 1,000 jobs.
With Walmart, the company will add these new jobs by building new stores, expansion, and adding more e-commerce services. The construction of the new stores will add 24,000 construction jobs:
“Walmart is investing to better serve customers,” said Dan Bartlett, Walmart executive vice president for corporate affairs. “With a presence in thousands of communities and a vast supplier network, we know we play an important role in supporting and creating American jobs. Our 2017 plans to grow our business – and our support for innovation in the textile industry – will have a meaningful impact across the country.”
Earlier this month, Walmart stated the company will layoff 1,000 corporate jobs before February 1 when its fiscal year begins. It also cut 7,000 back-office positions in many stores.
Walmart also intends to cut back on imports and sell more American-made products. To help with this, the company will hand out grants to six universities:
To that end, Walmart announced a round of grants to six universities working on textile innovations in hopes of bringing back some U.S. manufacturing in that industry, similar to grants it has made in the past.
In 2013, Walmart pledged to buy $250 billion more in American-made, grown, assembled and sourced products over 10 years. Annual sales for Walmart U.S. are about $300 billion. It has also given worker $2.7 billion in raises in the last two years and ramped up its training.
The company this week announced its central role in a new retail industry-wide continuing education initiative led by the National Retail Federation called “Rise Up,” which aims to provide store workers with chain-agnostic credentials and education that will sharpen basic skills and make them more employable at more retailers.
GM will invest $1 billion more into U.S. factories and move some production from Mexico back to the states. This money will help the company “create or retain 1,500 jobs.” The company also stated “it expects more than 5,000 salaried jobs will come in key growth areas such as with its subsidiary GM Financial and in advanced technology.”
Some of the production from Mexico includes production of “axle jobs for its next-generation full-size pickups.” This will add 450 jobs, but the company declined specific details:
GM said it also will in-source from a supplier axle jobs for its next-generation full-size pickups. That work currently is done in Mexico and it will move to Michigan, creating 450 U.S. jobs. A spokeswoman declined to name the supplier or where or when those jobs would come to the U.S.
“As the U.S. manufacturing base increases its competitiveness, we are able to further increase our investment, resulting in more jobs for America and better results for our owners,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “The U.S. is our home market and we are committed to growth that is good for our employees, dealers, and suppliers and supports our continued effort to drive shareholder value.”
For the next year and a half, Amazon will hire 100,000 people across the states. The majority of hirings will occur at warehouses in Texas, California, Florida, and New Jersey. The company stated these “jobs will include full benefits and span engineering roles, logistics, and customer service, among other occupations.”
Warehouses employ most Amazon employees. To help reach its goal, the company will probably “convert some part-time jobs to full-time jobs.” The company hired 120,000 holiday workers, which means some will become permanent employees.DONATE
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