Amazon announces job-creation initiative

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Amazon announced plans today to add 100,000 new full-time jobs to the United States workforce over the next 18 months. According to a news release from the company, Amazon created 150,000 new jobs in the country between 2011 and the end of 2016.

“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,” the news released stated. “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 2016, Amazon received a tax abatement from Harris County Commissioner’s Court to build a fulfillment center near I-45 North and Beltway 8 in Harris County.

“At this point any more updates will be Amazon-driven in terms of them making their own construction schedules,” said Mark Seegers, communications director for Harris County Precinct 4. “From a county perspective, our role is simply requiring reports in the coming year(s) from Amazon proving that they met the goals—new jobs and construction values—set forth in the agreement by which they were granted incentives.”

If the warehouse and fulfillment center are built, it could bring 1,000 new full-time jobs to the area, Amazon has stated.

“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,” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in the statement. “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.”

Among the benefits the company offers are health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock as well as the Career Choice program, in which the company pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for in-demand jobs in fields such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies and nursing.

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