Dollar General stores to create thousands of retail jobs in California

Discount chain retailer Dollar General said it will create thousands of new jobs in California, beginning with the opening of 50 new stores and a distribution center. The announcement came as Texas officials said the state was adding retail jobs at a faster rate than the rest of the country.

Dollar General said the California jobs are part of the more than 6,000 positions it plans to create in 2012. The company said the openings include jobs at all levels including retail, general warehousing and field and distribution management.

Rick Dreilling, chairman and chief executive officer of Dollar Store, said the new jobs follow three years of positive growth.

"California presents an extraordinary opportunity for Dollar General to fulfill its mission of serving others by delivering convenience and value," Dreilling added. "Our plans bring new opportunities for Californians, including hundreds of new jobs.

The company has added more than 21,000 employees since 2009.

Meanwhile in Texas, the state continues to create retail jobs faster than the national average, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports over the past five years, Texas has lead the nation with a gain of approximately 30,100 retail sector jobs from November 2006 to November 2011.