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Kroger Created More Than 7K New Jobs Last Year

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The Kroger Co. says its total active workforce grew by more than 7,000 during fiscal year 2013. Approximately 90 percent of the new jobs were in the company’s supermarket divisions.

“Our associates have the extraordinary opportunity to make a difference for the more than eight million customers who visit our stores each day,” said Katy Barclay, Kroger’s SVP of human resources. “We are proud that Kroger’s growth has created 40,000 new American jobs during the last six years. New jobs mean new opportunities for our associates and greater economic impact in the local communities we serve.”

The 40,000 new jobs in six years total cited by Barclay does not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs, nor does it include Harris Teeter’s approximately 25,000 associates who recently joined the Kroger family, according to the company. When combined, Kroger today employs more than 375,000 associates.

Kroger has hired 22,456 veterans since 2009. In addition, Kroger says it is proud to have helped the “100,000 Jobs Mission” surpass its original goal in January, seven years early. The “100,000 Jobs Mission” is a coalition of more than 130 companies with the common goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

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