Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) flexed its muscles as it showed business must be surging at an astonishing pace. The company said it would 100,000 full-time jobs in the United States in the next 18 months.
In a press release the company disclosed:
Over the past five years, Amazon created over 150,000 jobs in the United States, growing its workforce here from 30,000 employees in 2011 to over 180,000 at the end of 2016. Today, the company announced that it plans to create an additional 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months. These new job opportunities are 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. Many of the roles will be in new fulfillment centers that have been announced over the past several months and are currently under construction in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and many other states across the country. In addition to direct job creation, Amazon businesses like Marketplace and Amazon Flex will continue to create hundreds of thousands of jobs for people across the U.S. who want the flexibility to start their own business, work part-time or set their own schedule.
A great deal of the coverage of the announcement focused on the decision as part of the Trump add-jobs-in-America-or-suffer-the-consequences movement, which appears to have captured all the Big Three car companies. Lost in that analysis the that the e-commerce company must have had a holiday season of explosive growth as it continued to suck the life out of brick-and-mortar retailers. The growth of its industry-leading cloud initiative, Amazon Web Services, may make it the company’s largest business in a few years.