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Published: Sun, January 15, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Jobs Will be Created by Amazon

Jobs Will be Created by Amazon

A hiring binge by Amazon is nothing new: The company has grown dramatically since its foundation, adding 150,000 U.S.jobs since 2011. Perhaps in response, many in corporate America have begun to trumpet their commitment to creating jobs in the United States. In its press release, Amazon said that the additional 100,000 new jobs would be open to people all over the country and with different types of experience, education and skill levels. Over the past few years, however, and with the latest hiring spree, the company seems to be shifting its workforce to more permanent positions - even if employees work fewer hours.

Last week, Ford Motor Co reversed plans for a $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and said it would add 700 jobs in MI after criticism from Trump.

The company added 80,000 new employees, both full and part time, in the 12 months to October 2016, and has more than 300,000 employees.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos says innovation is one of the company's guiding principles and it's created hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

It's a goal that would please President-elect Donald Trump.

The company is, then, in essence re-announcing jobs it had already said it would create, which is the easiest way for a company keep Donald Trump off its back in 2017.

Numerous new jobs will be in fulfillment centers that have been announced over the past several months and are now under construction in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and other states.

The e-commerce company announced earlier Thursday that it is aiming to create 100,000 new jobs in the United States over the next 18 months.

In a news conference Wednesday, Trump - who has previously argued with Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post - vowed to be the biggest job producer "God ever created".

Although Amazon has recently entered several more categories of products such as fashion related matters and groceries, such a plan of action by them should not come as a huge shock. When it's all said and done, this initiative will grow Amazon's US-based workforce to more than 280,000.

Indeed.com chief economist Jed Kolko, in an interview last week with MarketWatch, said three categories at the site showed strong jobs growth a year ago tied to Amazon's growing economic effect on the nation's economy: nonstore retailers, couriers and warehouse/storage.

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