Wal-mart employs more than 2.1 million ‘associates’ (I think they mean people) worldwide, including more than 1.4 million in the United States.

(It is not only one of the largest private employers in the U.S., but the largest in Mexico and one of the largest in Canada. It is a diverse employer with more than 257,000 African-American ‘associates’; more than 41,000 Asian and 5,900 Pacific Islander ‘associates’; more than 171,000 Hispanic ‘associates’; more than 16,000 American Indian and Alaskan Native ‘associates’; more than 869,000 women; and more than 430,000 mature ‘associates’ who are 50 and older. But, according to the UFCW (the United Food and Commercial Workers Union), more than half of Wal-Mart’s U.S. employees leave the company each year. That’s some turnover!)