Amazon has been on an amazing growth spurt in recent years and now employs 613,000 people around the world. It is only the second U.S. company with more than half a million workers.
What’s especially stunning about Amazon’s employee growth is how rapidly it took place. The Seattle-based company never had more than 100,000 employees until five years ago. But it’s added an average of roughly 100,000 jobs a year since then.
The growth spurt includes 47,000 new jobs created in the first nine months of 2018. More than 200,000 were added to the payroll in 2017, partly due to the acquisition of Whole Foods.
Despite that growth, Amazon has a long way to go to catch the nation’s largest private sector employer. Walmart employs 2.2 million workers.
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