Amazon announced that it will he hiring 100,000 new employees during the next year-and-a-half. The good news – about 1,000 of these jobs are expect to come to Houston, Texas.
This week’s announcement came after President-elect Donald Trump met with Aliababa executive chairman Jack Ma on Monday. As reported by Breitbart News, the Chinese competitor of Amazon, expressed his desire to expand in the U.S. and bring 1 million jobs to Americans.
The Houston Chronicle reported that 1,000 employees will be needed at Amazon’s new distribution facility in Houston. It is now under construction but they believe it will open during this calendar year.
The jobs created in the other parts of the country will include anything from “software developers and engineers to entry-level positions,” as reported by Breitbart News. The move will take the 180,000 Americans employed with the company from 180,000 this year, to 280,000 plus by June of 2018. As reported by Breitbart and Market Watch, most of these jobs will be in what is called “fulfillment centers.” Besides the one in Texas, there will also be centers in California and New Jersey. The company has created 150,000 jobs for Americans over the last five years.
The Houston hometown paper reported that Amazon has opened seven fulfillment centers over the last three years. They are located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Coppell, Haslet, Schertz, and San Marcos. The company has 500 employees in Austin but intends to hire more.
Breitbart News reported in mid-September, that Donald Trump “forecasts substantial economic growth if he’s elected President of the United States.” He said that all economic policies during a Trump administration would be a matter of asking if any jobs for Americans would be completed. “Under this American System, every policy decision we make must pass a simple test: does it create more jobs and better wages for Americans?”
After his election in November, Breitbart News reported that President-elect Trump said his administration would focus on immigration, healthcare and jobs.
The Republican president-elect met with Masayoshi Son, the CEO of SoftBank Group in early December. Trump and Son met reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower and announced that the Japanese telecommunications company will invest fifty billion dollars in the United States and this includes 50,000 jobs. SoftBank is a major investor in the Sprint Corporation.
In late November, Trump announced that he had come to an agreement to save American jobs with the Carrier company. The air conditioning company had planned to move jobs to Mexico but Trump and the vice president-elect negotiated to save upwards to 1,000 factory jobs in Indiana.
In early December, Breitbart and Bloomberg News reported that the CEO of Ford Motor Company would consider coming to a deal with the president-elect about keeping jobs in the states. CEO Mark Fields said he was looking forward to a retreat from the heavy-handed regulations experienced during the Obama administration.
In late December while he was on vacation, the President-elect announced that executives at Sprint had talked to him and said they were going to bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States. He also said that OneWeb would be hiring more American workers, reported Breitbart News. Trump said he reached the agreement after working with SoftBank CEO Son. Son owns 80 percent of Sprint and has invested in OneWeb to the tune of $1 billion.
The number of American jobs saved, created, or hoped to be created since Trump’s election on November 8th and just mid-December, has been at least 86,000 jobs. The CEO of U.S. Steel said he feels optimistic and hopes to be able to rehire up to 10,000 employees they were forced to lay-off. Overall, the private sector has been positively optimistic about a Trump administration.