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Walmart is planning to create approximately 34,000 additional jobs through improved store network and e-commerce services, as a part of its expansion strategy for the year.

The retailer also intends to offer speciality training for more than 225,000 of the company’s frontline associates.

"We know we play an important role in supporting and creating American jobs."

In the fiscal year beginning 1 February, Walmart plans to invest $6.8bn to construct and remodel its stores, clubs and distribution centres, as well as the expansion of new services such as Online Grocery Pickup.

Walmart corporate affairs executive vice-president Dan Bartlett said: "Walmart is investing to better serve customers.

“With a presence in thousands of communities and a vast supplier network, we know we play an important role in supporting and creating American jobs.

"Our 2017 plans to grow our business, and our support for innovation in the textile industry, will have a meaningful impact across the county.”

The opening of 59 new, expanded and relocated Walmart and Sam’s Club outlets, as well as e-commerce services, are expected to generate 10,000 retail and 24,000 construction jobs in the US.

The retailer also intends to open 160 new training academies in the country by the end of July.

These academies will train more than 225,000 associates in retail fundamentals, leadership skills and individual department specifics.

Image: A Walmart store layout. Photo: courtesy of Wal-Mart Stores.