CINCINNATI – The Kroger Co.’s total active workforce has grown by more than 7,000 during fiscal year 2013. Approximately 90 percent of the new jobs are in the company's supermarket divisions, according to the company.

"Our associates have the extraordinary opportunity to make a difference for the more than eight million customers who visit our stores each day," said Katy Barclay, Kroger's senior vice president of human resources. "We are proud that Kroger's growth has created 40,000 new American jobs during the last six years. New jobs mean new opportunities for our associates and greater economic impact in the local communities we serve."

Kroger has created more than 40,000 new jobs during the last six years, but this total does not include jobs created due to capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs, or Harris Teeter's approximately 25,000 associates who recently joined the Kroger family. When this is all added in, Kroger currently employs more than 375,000 people.

Since 2009 Kroger has hired 22,456 veterans. Kroger also helped the "100,000 Jobs Mission" surpass its original goal in January, seven years early. The "100,000 Jobs Mission" is a coalition of more than 130 companies with the common goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

Kroger operates 2,641 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two-dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 38 food processing plants in the US, which includes meat processing plants.