Amazon Announces 100K New US Jobs

Mostly working in warehouses or answering phones
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2017 12:35 PM CST
Amazon Announces 100K New US Jobs
Miracle Stewart, an employee of Amazon PrimeNow, prepares bags to fill with orders from customers making purchases, at a distribution hub in New York. Amazon said it plans to hire 100,000 people across the US over the next 18 months.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Amazon is creating 100,000 new full-time jobs in the US, mostly for positions answering phones or working in warehouses, over the next year and a half, CNN reports. That will bring the company's total workforce up to 280,000. Amazon made the announcement Thursday, and the Trump team quickly moved to take some credit for it, with incoming press secretary Sean Spicer says Trump "was pleased to have played a role" in the decision. Amazon would likely have added the jobs regardless of who's moving into the White House: It's growing rapidly and building new warehouses in Florida, Texas, New Jersey, and California, according to USA Today. The company grew from 30,000 employees in 2011 to 180,000 employees in 2016. (More Amazon stories.)

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