Walmart is expanding its role in Arizona by hiring up to 200 new jobs for rural development jobs in the state, according to the Walmart spokesperson.
The hiring comes as Walmart faces a shortage of qualified workforce candidates.
Walmart also announced plans to expand its education programs for workers in its stores.
The hiring, which is expected to begin in September, is part of Walmart’s efforts to make Arizona more attractive to small businesses and to attract those who want to grow their businesses in the community, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement.
McMillon said Walmart is currently hiring about 1,000 people to work in the Phoenix area, and he expects the job cuts to continue into the fall.
“Arizona is a strong candidate for Walmart to help grow our stores,” McMillon added.
According to Walmart, it has hired more than 1,600 people in the last six months, and it expects to add another 2,400 employees by the end of the year.
In January, Walmart said it was looking to add as many as 10,000 new jobs in Arizona.