Walmart adding 10,000 new jobs ahead of Trump inauguration

Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Walmart is adding 10,000 new jobs this year in the U.S., the retail giant announced on Tuesday.

The move comes ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Trump has been a big proponent of keeping and increasing American jobs.

The new jobs will include hires at growing Walmart locations, in e-commerce services, and at new stores. The company also said it will create as many as 24,000 construction jobs as it opens new stores and remodels current locations.

“With a presence in thousands of communities and vast supplier network, we know we can play an important role in supporting and creating American jobs,” according to a statement from Dan Bartlett, Walmart’s executive vice president for corporate affairs.

Walmart employs some 1.5 million employees in the U.S. with an average wage of between $9 and $24.