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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, file photo, a "Now Hiring" sign hangs in the window of a Dollar General store in Methuen, Mass. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for August. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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Dollar General Corp. plans to add 10,000 jobs this year tied to the opening of 1,000 more of its discount stores.

The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based retailer said Monday the new jobs will increase its workforce by about 9 percent. The company said that as of last August it had 119,000 employees and operated 14 distribution centers and 13,000 stores in 43 states. Collectively, those stores generated more than $20 billion of revenue last year.

In a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga, Dollar General already operates 147 stores, including a new store opened last week in Chickamauga, Ga.

The retailer said it is adding distribution facilities this year in Jackson, Ga., and in Janesville, Wisc., to serve its growing number of stores.

"These new jobs reflect the organization's commitment to seize growth opportunities and further deliver Dollar General's value proposition of everyday low prices on quality merchandise to customers in 1,000 new locations in 2017," said Todd Vasos, Dollar General's chief executive officer who has grown the staff by more than 70 percent since taking the top job at the retailer in 2008. "It really is an exciting time to be a Dollar General employee."

All hiring by Dollar General is managed online so candidates looking to join Dollar General must apply at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.

"The jobs will be created throughout the states where we plan to add new stores," said Crystall Ghassemi, a spokeswoman for Dollar General. "Unfortunately, we do not disclose the specific geographic locations of those stores or jobs associated with them."

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