Amazon has announced it will create 100,000 new full-time jobs in the United States over the next 18 months. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said on Thursday that many of the new hires will be outside of its Seattle headquarters, including at the many fulfillment centers and other facilities the company has dotted across the country.
“Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it’s created hundreds of thousands of American jobs,” he said in a statement, adding that the new jobs will be added “as we open new fulfillment centers, and continue to invent in areas like cloud technology, machine learning, and advanced logistics.”
The hiring boom will be felt in several states, most notably Illinois where 7,000 full-time jobs are being added to outfit four new fulfillment centers under construction. Elsewhere, 4,000 new jobs are planned in California, 2,500 apiece in Florida and New Jersey, and 1,000 across both Texas and Kentucky.
Without explicitly taking credit for the announcement, a spokesman for Donald Trump issued a statement on Thursday, reminding reporters that the “president-elect met with heads of several of the tech companies and urged them to keep their jobs and production inside the United States.”
Last year, Amazon pledged to more than triple the amount of military veterans and spouses who work at the company. There are currently over 10,000 vets on the job, with 25,000 more being added over the next five years.
Amazon has said it has created more than 150,000 jobs in the U.S. over the last five years, growing its stateside workforce to 180,000 at the end of 2016.
Amazon shares were up about 1.6 percent in afternoon trading.