Amazon Inc. announced the online retail giant plans to create more than 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. by mid-2018, becoming the latest company to promise job creation during President-elect Donald Trump’s first term.
The new jobs will grow Amazon’s U.S. workforce, which stood at 180,000 last year. The Seattle-based company said that many of the new jobs will be at already announced warehouses under construction in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and elsewhere.
“Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it’s created hundreds of thousands of American jobs. 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,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO. “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.”
This follows recent moves made by Amazon to bulk up in their robot and automation department. According to a Seattle Times report, the company increased the number of robots at its fulfillment centers by 50% year on year to 45,000 in 2016.
To see the full press release on this, please visit Amazon’s Blog Here.