Letters to the Editor

Letter: Jobs gained and lost

After reading Joe Tarica’s column regarding Walmart (“Atascadero shoppers deserve better,” July 1), I knew he would take some flak. For all you avid Walmart supporters, here are some facts that hopefully may cause you to stop and think.

For every two new jobs created by Walmart, upwards of 2.8 jobs are lost.

About 67 percent of the hourly employees are women, yet only 15 percent of the senior managers are women. The highest-earning women earn 33 percent less than their male counterparts.

Each year, Walmart costs U.S. taxpayers $1.5 billion because employees are paid too little to afford basic needs. Yet, the six heirs to the Walmart founder have a net worth equal to the bottom 30 percent of Americans.

As for me, I choose to support my local retailers.

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