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One of Walmart's main selling points to City Council was that it would generate local jobs by hiring minority contractors to build its Austin store. Crain's investigated the store's construction and found that a major portion of the work was done by non-minority owned firms and employees, and the minority owned general contractor was bankrupted by the process. When added to the Chicago Reporter's analysis of Walmart's hiring, the company's early job promises are looking pretty unfulfilled.

 
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