Amazon Jobs: E-Tailer Will Create 100K Full-Time Jobs Over 18 Months

Amazon to create 100,000 jobs in 18 months

Amazon is already one of the largest employers in the United States with over 180,000 full time positions at its facilities around the country. The company now intends to create no less than 100,000 more full-time, full-benefits jobs in the U.S. over the next year and a half.

A press release from Amazon cited newly announced fulfillment centers in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and other states as the recruitment hubs for these positions. The company seems to be looking for everyone “from engineers and software developers to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training.”

The press release also contains a statement from Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos:

“Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it’s created hundreds of thousands of American jobs. These jobs are not just in ourSeattle headquarters or in Silicon Valley—they’re in our customer service network, fulfillment centers and other facilities in local communities throughout the country. We plan to add another 100,000 new Amazonians across the company over the next 18 months as we open new fulfillment centers, and continue to invent in areas like cloud technology, machine learning, and advanced logistics.”

Well, technically, they can’t add “Amazonians” to their workforce unless they plan to go into the rain forests of Amazon and recruit these guys…

…but we’re pretty sure that’s not what Bezos meant. Besides, the company has already commandeered the term as a monicker for their employees.

Amazon also highlighted their recruitment achievements in several states across the U.S. from Washington to New Jersey, as well as showcased the indirect benefits of doing business with Amazon. For example, of the 300,000 jobs Amazon claims to have created because of Amazon Marketplace, 100,000 sellers have shown annual sales of over $100,000 last year.

The press release can be viewed in full here on Amazon’s corporate web page. On the whole, this PR exercise sounds like it’s addressed to President-elect Donald Trump, who will become the 45th President of the United States of America on January 20, 2017. Is this a pre-emptive strike by Bezos, or merely a highlighting of Amazon as a truly “American” company?

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