>> Walmart announcing plans to add 10,000 new jobs in the US this year. It's the latest of several large companies saying they're growing their workforces before Donald Trump takes office as the 45th president. And like announcements from firms such as Amazon.com, the news from Walmart is not so new, but a redeclaration of existing plans.
Reuters Editor Ed Tobin.>> So Walmart is basically pledging to keep their hiring pace that they've had in previous years. That's it. It amounts to about a little less than 1% of their total workforce. It comes at the start of the inauguration week. And we know the Trump has, among the things he's done before he's gotten into office, has been to, go after companies and company hiring to bring, to keep jobs in this country.
So we've seen Walmart, this is the latest company that has come out and talked about what their hiring plans are.>> The new Walmart jobs will come from previously planned store openings, expansions and online sales operations. Walmart claims these efforts will create another 24,000 construction jobs. Last week, Amazon.com promised 100,000 new jobs in the next 18 months, similarly, through plans mostly already underway.
This, coming in the wake of much publicized moves by Ford and Carrier Corporation to keep manufacturing in the US after Trump personally intervened in those cases. And as Donald Trump issues threats towards firms that proceed with plans to relocate plants abroad. With one and half million employees, Walmart is the US's largest employer.