Amazon to Create More Than 100,000 New, Full-Time, Full-Benefit Jobs across the U.S. over the Next 18 Months

SEATTLE–([1])–(NASDAQ:AMZN) – 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.

“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.”

Examples of states where Amazon has created thousands of jobs and will
continue to hire even more in the coming months and years:

Washington – Amazon now has over 40,000 employees at corporate
offices and fulfillment centers in its home state. Once the current
expansion of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is complete, the company will
have more than 30 buildings covering over 10 million square feet in the
city’s downtown core.

Texas – Since 2013, Amazon has launched seven new fulfillment
centers in Texas, with an eighth under construction in Houston. The
current fulfillment centers located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Haslet,
Coppell, Schertz, and San Marcos, employ more than 10,000 full-time
associates, and the new Houston location will create more than 1,000 new
full-times roles. Amazon also employs more than 500 associates in Austin
at its corporate office and has openings for hundreds more.

California – Amazon Operations has created more than 14,000
full-time jobs in California since 2012 and announced four new Golden
State fulfillment centers in 2016. Combined, those sites will bring over
4,000 new jobs to local communities such as Sacramento and Tracy. Amazon
also has over 3,000 corporate employees across the state in a variety of
businesses, including Amazon Web Services, Amazon Studios, Amazon Lab126
and more.

Illinois – Amazon currently operates five fulfillment centers in
Edwardsville, Joliet and Romeoville, with another four fulfillment
centers under construction in Monee, Aurora and Waukegan. More than
7,000 full-time jobs will be created in Illinois when construction is
complete later this year.

Kentucky – Amazon employs more than 10,000 full-time employees
across 11 sites in Kentucky and plans to bring more than one thousand
new jobs to the state this year. The company recently completed a
multi-million dollar renovation of its 17-year-old fulfillment center in
Campbellsville.

Florida – Amazon has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in
Florida since 2013. Two new fulfillment centers were recently announced
in Jacksonville, increasing the company’s presence to nine locations,
including fulfillment and sortation centers and Prime Now Hubs. The new
fulfillment centers will bring Amazon’s workforce in the Sunshine State
to over 6,500.

New Jersey – Amazon currently employs more than 11,000 employees
in New Jersey across seven sites. The company has plans to add
additional fulfillment centers in the Garden State that will create
2,500 additional full-time jobs.

Military Hiring
Amazon already employs over 10,000
military veterans, and last year pledged to hire and train an additional
25,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years. In
addition, the company committed to training 10,000 active duty service
members, veterans and military spouses not employed by Amazon in cloud
computing through AWS Educate.

Full, Egalitarian Benefits
Amazon provides employees
with highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance,
retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up
to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share
and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing
families. Leave Share lets employees share their Amazon paid leave with
their spouse or domestic partner if their spouse’s employer doesn’t
offer paid leave. Ramp Back gives new moms additional control over the
pace at which they return to work. Just as with Amazon’s health care
plan, these benefits are egalitarian – they’re the same for fulfillment
center and customer service employees as they are for Amazon’s most
senior executives.

Career Choice
Amazon’s Career Choice program helps
train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so that
they can take full advantage of the nation’s innovation economy. The
program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand, high-wage
fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career
at Amazon. Over 9,000 employees have participated in Career Choice and
more are signing up every day. Amazon created dedicated Career Choice
classrooms at many fulfillment centers to make it easier for local
colleges to offer classes onsite. Amazon open-sourced the program and is
reaching out to companies to help them copy and adopt their own Career
Choice programs.

Empowerment Programs and Indirect Job Creation
In
addition to empowering its own employees to innovate and achieve their
professional and personal dreams, Amazon offers a series of programs
that empower people outside the company and create hundreds of thousands
of additional jobs in the U.S. Amazon’s Marketplace business fuels
300,000 jobs in the U.S. for people who’ve started or are growing their
own businesses by selling on Amazon. Last year alone, more than 100,000
sellers generated more than $100,000 each in sales.

Kindle Direct Publishing enables anyone to self-publish eBooks and
paperbacks for free and reach millions of readers. Authors earn up to
70% royalty on sales to customers, keep control of their book rights,
and set their own list prices. KDP has empowered thousands of authors to
achieve their dreams and make a living writing books for readers around
the world to enjoy.

Amazon Web Services gives anyone – from garage startups to fast-growing
businesses like Airbnb and Pinterest to established enterprises like GE
and McDonalds – access to virtually unlimited compute power, storage,
and other IT resources, making it faster and less expensive to launch
and grow new businesses. Since its inception, AWS has empowered
thousands of businesses to launch, grow and create jobs across the U.S.

Amazon Flex is a program that enables people to earn up to $25 per hour
by delivering Amazon packages on their own schedule using their own
vehicle and smartphone. The program launched in 2015, and there are
already thousands of Amazon Flex participants across the U.S. Visit https://flex.amazon.com/[2]
to view stories of people who are empowered by Amazon Flex.

To learn more about working at Amazon, visit http://www.amazon.jobs/[3].

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer
obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention,
commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer
reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime,
Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire
tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and
services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about[4].

Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains
forward-looking statements are inherently difficult to predict. Actual
results could differ materially for a variety of reasons, including, in
addition to the factors discussed above, the amount that Amazon.com
invests in new business opportunities and the timing of those
investments, the mix of products and services sold to customers, the mix
of net sales derived from products as compared with services, the extent
to which we owe income taxes, competition, management of growth,
potential fluctuations in operating results, international growth and
expansion, the outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment,
sortation, delivery, and data center optimization, risks of inventory
management, seasonality, the degree to which the Company enters into,
maintains, and develops commercial agreements, acquisitions and
strategic transactions, payments risks, and risks of fulfillment
throughput and productivity. Other risks and uncertainties include,
among others, risks related to new products, services, and technologies,
system interruptions, government regulation and taxation, and fraud. In
addition, the current global economic climate amplifies many of these
risks. More information about factors that potentially could affect
Amazon.com’s financial results is included in Amazon.com’s filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including its most
recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

References

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  2. ^ https://flex.amazon.com/ (cts.businesswire.com)
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.jobs/ (cts.businesswire.com)
  4. ^ www.amazon.com/about (cts.businesswire.com)
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