Amazon says it plans to create more than 100,000 full-time jobs in America

Akin Oyedele

Amazon said Thursday that it plans to create more than 100,000 "full-time, full-benefit" jobs in the United States over the next 18 months.

This would grow its workforce based in the US to over 280,000 by mid-2018, the tech company said in a press release.

"Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it's created hundreds of thousands of American jobs, CEO Jeff Bezos said.

According to Amazon, many of the jobs will be in new fulfillment centers and will range from engineering to software-development roles.

The announcement was made after several companies came within the crosshairs of President-elect Donald Trump, who pushed back against reported plans to move jobs overseas.

It also came while Amazon expanded the role of automation at its fulfillment centers. According to a Seattle Times report, the company increased the number of robots at its fulfillment centers by 50% year-on-year to 45,000 in 2016.

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