Companies Rush To Declare How Many Jobs They’ll Produce Under Trump

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In the latest corporate job growth announcement, Amazon says it will create 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. with full benefits over the next 18 months, the online retailing giant announced Thursday.

“Amazon plans to grow its full-time U.S.-based workforce from 180,000 in 2016 to over 280,000 by mid-2018,” the company said in a statement. Amazon is in the midst of a major expansion as it opens new fulfillment centers in an effort to speed up package delivery.

“We plan to add another 100,000 new Amazonians across the company over the next 18 months as we open new fulfillment centers, and continue to invent in areas like cloud technology, machine learning, and advanced logistics,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO.

The announcement by Amazon is just the latest example of companies committing new jobs and facilities in the United States since the November election.

Trump met with Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma earlier this week, who said that the Chinese tech company will create 1 million jobs in the U.S. by allowing American small businesses to sell good over its platform to the Chinese market.

Fiat-Chrysler said it was investing $1 billion to modernize automotive plants in Michigan and Ohio that will create 2,000 jobs, in an announcement that came on Jan. 8. The announcement was praised by Trump, who thanked the auto giant. (RELATED: Trump Responds to Fiat Chrysler Announcing $1 Billion Investment In U.S.)

Ford announced Jan. 3 that it was cancelling a plan for a Mexico plant, and announced $700 million in investments that will create 700 new jobs in the United States. (RELATED: Ford CEO Cancels Plan For Mexico Plant, Creates 700 Jobs In America)

Trump said that Sprint called him Dec. 28 to inform him that the telecommunications giant was planning to bring 5,000 jobs “back” to the United States. (RELATED: Trump: Sprint Called To Say They Are Bringing Back 5,000 Jobs)

Carrier reached a deal with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in November to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indiana that were scheduled to be outsourced to Mexico. (RELATED: Trump Visits Carrier, Vows Companies That Leave US Will Face Consequences)

Amazon said it was expanding its headquarters in downtown Seattle, Washington. The online retail giant also listed Texas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida and New Jersey as states where it plans to expand.

Trump is scheduled to meet with the president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Richard Trumka Thursday morning. Trumka was a staunch supporter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton despite strong support for Trump among rank and file members.

Trump has publicly shamed fortune 500 companies, usually through Twitter, where he has displayed his willingness to call out companies by name. “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax,” the president-elect said via Twitter on Jan. 5.

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