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Amazon.com announced Jan. 12 it plans to hire more than 100,000 people in the U.S. in the next 18 months, bringing the company's domestic workforce to 280,000.
Amazon's Jobs Are Full-Time, Include Benefits
The e-commerce company said the new roles will be full-time positions with health insurance, paid leave and company stock. The hiring spree will encompass a broad range of positions, ranging from engineers and software developers to workers in its growing network of logistics centers.
President-elect Donald Trump Claims Credit
Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer noted the timing of Amazon's announcement and said that "the president-elect was pleased to play a role in that decision."
Trump has upbraided companies that move jobs abroad, leading several businesses to publicize their commitment to creating jobs in the United States.
(The Washington Post)
Tariff Threat on Job Outsourcers Complicates Workforce Planning
Donald Trump's threat to impose steep tariffs on U.S. companies planning to move jobs abroad could have a chilling effect on those intentions. But it's not clear if the president has the power to sanction individual organizations for exporting jobs, if such penalties would be supported by Congress or if the courts would uphold those penalties.
Amazon's Plans Contrast with Other Retailers
Amazon's announcement reinforces shoppers' shift away from brick-and-mortar stores to online buying. Macy's announced it is closing 68 stores and cutting 10,000 workers and The Limited is closing all locations, impacting 4,000 workers, after a disappointing holiday retail season for traditional stores.
(Challenger, Gray & Christmas)
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