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Huge growth: Amazon reaches 222,400 employees, hires 39,000 in last quarter alone

amazonwwAmazon is hiring like loopy.

The Seattle e-commerce big added 39,300 workers throughout its most up-to-date quarter, which is document quarterly progress for the corporate. Amazon’s headcount additionally surpassed 200,000 for the primary time and is now at 222,400 — that’s up 49 % from this time last 12 months.

Because the chart above exhibits, Amazon’s worker progress has skyrocketed in the previous few years. The corporate added 72,900 workers in the previous 12 months alone.

Amazon’s progress is obvious at its Seattle headquarters in the South Lake Union neighborhood, the place development cranes dot the panorama quickly to be full of multiple new Amazon buildings. The corporate employs 24,000 employees in the state of Washington and estimated last month that its financial influence got here out to about $5 billion in Washington last 12 months.

Google, in the meantime, employed 2,828 individuals last quarter and now counts 59,976 workers. Microsoft truly noticed its headcount lower from 117,354 last quarter to 115,905 as of Sept. 30.

It’s vital to notice that Amazon’s headcount consists of full-time and part-time employees on the firm’s achievement facilities. Nonetheless, the expansion is staggering in comparability to Amazon’s tech rivals.

By comparability, fellow retail big Walmart employs roughly 2.2 million individuals.

Amazon stated earlier this week that it has greater than 90,000 full-time workers working in its 50 achievement facilities and 20 sorting services in the nation, which signifies that the corporate employs 132,400 employees exterior of the achievement facilities.

Extra not too long ago, the corporate has employed greater than 25,000 full-time employees for its achievement and sorting facilities since August to “meet buyer demand and put together for the upcoming vacation season.”

Amazon has been including new robots and boosting automation in its achievement facilities — it had 15,000 Kiva robots on the finish of 2014, however that quantity has elevated to 30,000. Nevertheless, the hiring bolsters the company’s claims that people will stay “key to the method” of sorting, filling and transport packages.

Amazon doesn’t rely seasonal employees in its worker numbers, however the firm is growing hiring on that entrance, too. Earlier this week, Amazon stated it’s preparing to bring aboard as many as 100,000 seasonal workers at its U.S. achievement and sorting facilities this 12 months — a brand new document for Amazon’s seasonal hiring, up from 80,000 a 12 months in the past and 70,000 in 2013. It’s additionally double the 50,000 seasonal employees that the corporate employed for the 2012 vacation buying season.

In its quarterly earnings name on Thursday, Amazon stated that it’s deliberately changing these momentary employees to full-time. The corporate has opened 14 distribution facilities and 4 sorting facilities in the U.S. this 12 months.

Amazon beat Wall Road expectations as we speak with a surprise profit of $79 million, sending the refill greater than 10 % in after hours buying and selling.

GeekWire reporter Jacob Demmitt contributed to this story. 

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