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Wal-Mart to cut 7,000 U.S. store back-office jobs

Staff Writer | September 1, 2016
Wal-Mart Stores will cut about 7,000 back-office jobs, mostly in accounting and invoicing positions at its U.S. stores.
Wal-Mart Stores
Lost jobs   Wal-Mart Stores employs about 1.5 million people
The company will cut back-office workers in all its approximately 4,600 stores over the next several months. Wal-Mart Stores employs about 1.5 million people in the United States.

The move is part of Wal-Mart's efforts to have more employees on the sales floor, and the retailer is offering affected workers consumer-facing positions in stores.

In June, Wal-Mart had said it would cut back-office jobs in hundreds of stores and recently it launched a new system for scheduling workers at 650 U.S. stores in an effort to improve staffing levels during peak shopping times.

The company has also committed to investing $2.7 billion in programs that involve training its workforce and a series of wage hikes that took the minimum hourly pay for store workers to $10 an hour earlier this year.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the number of job cuts on Thursday.