The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Wal-mart, Inc. plans to start accepting job applications from individuals with no prior experience with the retailer, a move that could make it easier for workers to fill jobs with minimal training and experience.
The Wal-Marts hiring efforts could be a boon to the struggling retail sector, which has faced a shortage of skilled labor since a wave of layoffs and job retraining last summer.
The move will also boost the stock price of the retailer.
Wal-Mart has struggled to compete with the surging costs of living in many parts of the country.
The company said last month it plans to cut more than 3,000 jobs, including about 3,400 at its stores, by the end of next year.
The number of Wal-marts that will be closed this year is about twice the number that were previously slated to close.