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The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Walmart has announced plans "to create about 10,000 U.S. jobs this year, a sign that even the country’s largest private employer feels the need to tout American job growth ahead of President-elect Donald Trump ’s inauguration."

According to the story, "The jobs will come from previously planned store openings, store expansions and new e-commerce services, the company said Tuesday. The retailer said 24,000 additional construction jobs will be supported by those efforts."

The story also notes that "Wal-Mart is expected to announce a round of grants to six universities working on textile innovations aimed at bringing back U.S. manufacturing in that sector. It has made similar grants in previous years, without mentioning U.S. job counts.

"The company is expected to reiterate its 2013 pledge to buy an additional $250 billion in American-made, grown, assembled and sourced products through 2023. It also plans to build 200 training academies by this summer to teach retail management skills to more than 200,000 store employees."

It was just yesterday that stories were noting how Walmart was juggling its leadership roles, on top of the 1,000 corporate job cuts it is making at headquarters.
KC's View:
Bloomberg noted in its coverage this morning that these were jobs that were going to be created by Walmart anyway ... but that such press releases and moves are going to get amplified a lot as companies try to avoid being swept up in current politics and Twitter storms.

That said, there clearly is a wave taking place right now, and if more people get jobs, that's a good thing. It has been starting at Trump Tower, and starting Friday, it'll be emanating from the White House.