PERMIAN BASIN - Employees in Midland and Odessa will be affected by layoffs at Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubs.
Wal-Mart, which owns Sam's, says it's cutting about nine percent of its staff, including workers here in the Permian Basin; those include employees who demonstrate products and recruit members.
Wal-Mart will outsource those jobs to an Arkansas company to improve areas like electronics, personal wellness products, and food items.
The idea is to entice shoppers to spend more.
Eligible workers will receive severance pay and benefits and will be able to re-apply for jobs.
The company will also help them find opportunities at other Sam's Club and Wal-Mart stores.