Amazon Will Create 100,000 New US Jobs in Next 18 Months

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Amazon.com Inc. has said it plans to hire over 100,000 people for full-time jobs in the US over the next year and a half. Given its recent expansion into the food industry, online video, fashion, cloud services and multiple tiers of delivery, its announcement is not surprising.

Announcement

Amazon.com Inc has announced that it will be hiring over 100,000 people in the US for full-time jobs within the next 18 months. This makes Amazon the latest company to announce hiring plans after Donald Trump’s election, who has said he would be prioritizing US job creation. Trump had “tangled” with Amazon’s Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos during his election campaign.

It’s a very powerful headline, and the timing certainly makes Trump look good,” said Ivan Feinseth, an analyst at Tigress Financial Partners LLC. “It’s going to happen in the first year and half of his administration. Bezos couldn’t have set him up any better to look good — timing is everything.”

Over the past five years, amazon had created over 150,000 jobs in the US. By the end of 2016, its workforce had grown to 180,000 workers. However, research groups have been arguing that Amazon has been killing more jobs than it creates, given that it has severely disrupted the retail industry.

Its online bookstore expansion has put many retail bookstores out of business over the years, such as the infamous Coliseum Books in Columbus Circle. Its recent decision to create a grocery store without checkout counters or cashiers, has also stirred some worries about traditional grocery stores taking a financial hit.

Critics

Critics have also said that incentives that have helped Amazon’s warehouse growth, such as tax breaks, were not worth the investment, since the jobs created were mostly low-wage jobs and mostly temporary.

However, Amazon has announced that its new upcoming jobs would be “for people all across the country and with all types of experience, education and skill levels — from engineers and software developers to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training.”