(THOMAS DISHAW) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. They are coming back and coming back strong. Call it the “Trump Effect” or a regained faith in the US economy, but companies from around the United States and the world have announced plans to do business in America again.
This is a far cry from Obama who left the White House with 95,102,000 million Americans not in the labor force, a number that increased by 18% from 80,529,000 when he took office in 2009.
Over the last month hundreds of companies such as Amazon, GM, Ford, Hyundai, Fiat Chrysler, Alibaba, Foxconn, Kroger and Walmart have all pledged to add jobs, build factories and invest in the American worker again. The list below highlights the companies that have vowed to add 1,000 or more jobs to the US Economy:
Supermarket giant Kroger said Monday it plans to hire 10,000 permanent employees across its different chains as it continues to expand.
The Cincinnati-based company currently employs more than 430,000 workers nationwide. Kroger (KR) has store chains such as Ralphs, Fred Meyer,Dillons, Smith’s, King Soopers, Harris Teeter and Food 4 Less.
Kroger’s move is the latest in a series of announcements from large corporations aimed at playing up their hiring in the U.S. Several automakers have shifted focus to expansion of plants in the U.S. and hiring waves to go with them as they seek to deflect tweets from President Trump about previously announced expansion plans in Mexico. In the case of Kroger, the hiring move comes as many traditional retailers, like Sears and Macy’s, have announced store closings as they face more competition from online sellers.
Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States, from software development to warehouse work, in its latest move to win over shoppers by investing in faster delivery.
The world’s largest online retailer will grow its full-time U.S. workforce by more than 50 percent to over 280,000 in the next 18 months, it said in a press release.
Amazon is spending heavily on new warehouses so it can stock goods closer to customers and fulfill orders quickly and cheaply. The new hires, from Florida to Texas and California, will be key to the company’s promise of two-day shipping to members of its Amazon Prime shopping club, which has given it an edge over rivals.
At least 16 new U.S. fulfillment centers are in the works for this year and next, said Marc Wulfraat, president of logistics consultancy MWPVL International Inc. Some mark Amazon’s first expansion into population centers like Houston, he said.
General Motors announced plans Tuesday to invest at least $1 billion in U.S. factories and committed to creating or retaining about 7,000 U.S. jobs in the coming years.
The company will move 450 jobs from GM supplier plants in Mexico back to the U.S., and will keep another 1,500 factory jobs in the U.S. that were at risk of moving to Mexico. In addition, GM is adding 5,000 jobs to its finance and technology operations.
“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,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “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.”
AutoZone Inc. AZO, -3.98% said Friday that it will hire more than 12,000 part-tme and full-time workers through April. The most hiring will occur in New York City, Oakland, CA, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH, New Orleans, Atlanta, Dallas and Pittsburgh. The company will hire across a number of positions, including sales representatives and store managers. Applications must be submitted online at autozone.com/careers.
The pizza chain said Thursday it will hire 11,000 new pizza makers, delivery drivers and store managers.
The company said the hiring is part a plan to expand the number of U.S. stores to 8,500 over the next few years.
The new hires and their families will be eligible to receive 50 percent off tuition at Excelsior College to take “career-boosting educational courses” at the nonprofit online school. The program, known as the Life Unboxed EDU initiative, was launched in 2015.
One of Apple’s biggest suppliers says it may spend more than $7 billion to build a new factory on U.S. soil that would create tens of thousands of jobs.
Foxconn is famous for its enormous iPhone assembly plants in China. Its potential investment in the U.S. came to light last month when Softbank ( ) CEO Masayoshi Son was photographed leaving a meeting with Donald Trump. Son was holding a document suggesting Foxconn could create 50,000 jobs.
Over the weekend, Foxconn’s billionaire chairman, Terry Gou, filled in some of the gaps in the plan.
He told reporters that the plan to build a plant for displays was still very tentative, but if it went ahead the investment would exceed $7 billion and could create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs, according to news reports.
Gou singled out Pennsylvania as a possible location, adding that the investment would depend on Foxconn being able to negotiate good rates for land and power.
Hyundai Motor Co. (005380.SE) said Tuesday it will invest as much as $3.1 billion in its existing U.S. manufacturing facilities, and is considering a new plant in the world’s most profitable auto market that would help to create thousands of new jobs.
And so, days after first Ford, then Fiat Chrysler announced major expansion plans in the US (to the partial detriment of Mexico) the latest automaker to respond to Trump’s Twitter criticism is General Motors, which according to the WSJ, will announce this week plans to invest at least $1 billion across several U.S. factories “a move aimed at underlining its commitment to U.S. manufacturing jobs in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of the auto maker’s imports from Mexico.”
The company will also announce that it will create more than 1,000 new jobs stemming from the investment but doesn’t plan to specify which of its factories are in line for more work.
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson emerged from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump Friday pledging to bring down the cost of the F-35 Lightning II and promising to hire more than 1,800 additional workers in Fort Worth.
Her comments were the latest in a dogfight initiated by Trump, who has questioned the F-35’s costs and capabilities. Last month he went on Twitter to say that the stealth fighter program was “out of control” and threatening to seek a new bid for a comparable F-18 Hornet built by Boeing as an alternative.
“We had the opportunity to talk to him about the F-35 program and I certainly share his views that we need to get the best capability to our men and women in uniform and we have to get it at the lowest possible price,” Hewson told the press standing in the lobby of the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU, +1.70%) on Sunday said it will invest $1 billion to modernize two plants in the U.S. Midwest and create 2,000 jobs, upping the ante as automakers respond to threats from President-elect Donald Trump to slap new taxes on imported vehicles.
FCA’s announcement that it would retool factories in Ohio and Michigan to build new Jeep sport utility vehicles, including a pickup truck, and potentially move production of a Ram heavy-duty pickup truck to Michigan from Mexico, also highlighted the auto industry’s keen interest in getting relief from tough fuel economy rules enacted by the outgoing Obama administration.
Ma said that Alibaba’s expansion would focus on products like garments, wine and fruits, with a special focus on trade between the American midwest and southeast Asia.
“We’re focused on small business,” Ma told reporters. “We specifically talked about … supporting 1 million small businesses, especially in the Midwest of America. Small businesses on the platform selling products — agriculture products and America services — to China and Asia, because we’re pretty big in Asia.”
Executives from the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital went before the Shelby County Commission Wednesday regarding their plans for expansion.
ALSAC and St. Jude are expanding into the pinch district. It’s an investment of at least one billion dollars. It also brings the promise of more jobs for the area.
The expansion is expected to bring 1,800 new jobs to the Bluff City and the Mid-South.
Six Flags Over Georgia plans to add 3,100 seasonal jobs for its 50th season, which beings March 1.
The Austell, Ga., theme park will host its first seasonal job fairs on Jan. 21 and 22. Positions available for the 2017 season:
All applicants must be at least 16 years old and apply online first atwww.sixflagsjobs.com.
Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations.
The world’s biggest retailer said Tuesday that there will also be about 24,000 construction jobs as well.
Wal-Mart Stores says there will be 59 new, expanded and relocated Walmart and Sam’s Clubs facilities.
Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol says that the company is on track to add 100,000 new jobs in the U.S. over the next five years.
The burrito executive appeared on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” Thursday to tout the company’s newest menu innovations — a Naked Chicken Chalupa due out at the end of January nationwide — and its commitment to employment.
Back in November, the company said that it hoped to grow to 8,000 locations nationally by 2022 (and 9,000 globally).
“Obviously, we love to talk about our food, but it’s the great employees that make it,” Niccol said. “With every restaurant we build, that’s an opportunity to hire 35 to 40 new employees.”
Vienna-based Navy Federal Credit Union is investing $100 million to expand its operations center in Winchester, according to an announcement from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
The expansion will create 1,400 jobs, McAuliffe said, calling the project “transformational” for Frederick County. It will double the company’s workforce and square footage there.
Virginia beat out other locations for the expansion in part with $6 million in grants and incentives from various state funds, according to the announcement.
Navy Federal Credit Union is already the largest credit union in America with $78 billion in assets, but the latest expansion comes at a time when Navy Federal anticipates even more growth.
The Universal Orlando Resort is holding several job fairs to fill 1,700 full- and part-time positions — including 400 lifeguards– at the new Volcano Bay theme park.
Jobs are available in many areas including culinary, food services, security, lifeguards, custodial, parking and transportation, ticket sales and turnstiles.
With a Navy commitment in hand to build 18 new Columbia-class nuclear submarines, Electric Boat in Groton is planning a hiring and spending spree that will be felt across the state.
The company is gearing up to hire 2,000 new employees this year at its Connecticut and Rhode Island plants, with 1,350 jobs slated for Groton.
Electric Boat employs about 14,500 people in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and that employment is projected to grow to 18,000 by 2030.
Help is wanted at the new SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta for the 2017 Major League Baseball Season.
Delaware North Sportservice, one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world, is seeking over 1000 part-time and seasonal workers. The positions that are opened range from administrators, coordinators, cooks, and bartenders to concessions, cashiers, suit attendants and servers.
Fiat Chrysler Automotive will invest $1 billion in plants in Michigan and Ohio, resulting in 2,000 new jobs in the U.S., the company announced Sunday.
The news came as the North American International Auto Show got underway in Detroit.
“FCA US is further demonstrating its commitment to strengthening its U.S. manufacturing base, and aligning U.S. capacity to extend the Jeep product lineup,” according to a news release.
Amazon will be opening two facilities which will bring more than 1,000 full-time jobs to Aurora.
Amazon will build two fulfillment centers in the Duke Realty Corporate Park along Ferry Road on the northeastern edge of Aurora.
Amazon, Intersect Illinois and the Illinois Department of Commerce this week announced the Amazon plan. The announcement said Amazon would provide more than 1,000 full-time jobs at the centers, which would be two buildings next to each other on Duke Parkway, near Route 59.
These companies listed will account for 1,344,800 job opportunities. Considering that this list does not include the companies that are adding under 1,000 jobs I think its safe to assume that we are moving in the right direction to Make America Great Again.
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