Amazon.com has announced plans to create 100,000 new full-time, full-benefit jobs in the United States over the next 18 months.
The new jobs will tap people across the country with all types of experience, education and skill levels, the e-tailer stated. Many of the new jobs will be in new fulfillment centers under construction in Texas, California, Florida and New Jersey, Amazon added.
Over the past five years, Amazon created over 150,000 U.S. jobs, the company pointed out, growing its domestic workforce from 30,000 employees in 2011 to over 180,000 at the end of 2016. Amazon plans to grow its full-time U.S.-based workforce from 180,000 in 2016 to over 280,000 by mid-2018.
“Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it’s created hundreds of thousands of American jobs,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “These jobs are not just in our Seattle 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.”