Amazon Plans to Create 100K New Jobs, Many in Texas

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By mid-2018, Amazon says they will bring 100,000 new jobs to people across the United States. KHOU reports that there will be employment opportunities for all skill levels, but most of the openings will reside in new fulfillment centers that will pop up in California, Florida, New Jersey, and Texas.

Since Amazon prides themselves on their lightning quick shipping, these warehouses are needed to ensure delivery speed. The company also plans on training and hiring thousands of veterans, military spouses, and those on active duty in the next five years for various positions.

CEO Jeff Bezos stated, “Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it’s created hundreds of thousands of American jobs… they’re in our customer service network, fulfillment centers and other facilities in local communities throughout the country.”

But not everyone is thrilled with the prospect of these new jobs due to the nature of the positions. USA Today points out that “Amazon has a troubling labor history, marred by lawsuits, picketing, grueling work conditions, complaints of management tactics and lower wages.” It’s reported that jobs in the fulfillment centers pay on average 15 percent less than comparable jobs in their region, but Amazon maintains that the new positions will have competitive pay.