Amazon to Hire 2,000 in NYC, Looks to Add 3,500 Tech Jobs Across U.S.

Amazon will also turn the Lord & Taylor Building on 5th Ave. into a new 630,000-square-foot office.

Written by Gordon Gottsegen
Published on Aug. 18, 2020
Amazon to Hire 2,000 in NYC, Looks to Add 3,500 Tech Jobs Across U.S.
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It’s no secret that Amazon has been thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people are using the e-commerce platform more for their various needs, Amazon has had to hire 100,000 new workers, then hire even more. Its stock has almost doubled in value since its March lows. And it’s building multiple new corporate locations across the country.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Amazon is continuing that growth. On Tuesday, the company announced that its creating 3,500 new tech jobs in the United States — 2,000 of which will be based in New York City.

These 3,500 new jobs will be for various businesses under the Amazon umbrella, including Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Amazon Advertising, Amazon Fashion, OpsTech and Amazon Fresh. Open roles will be for positions ranging from cloud infrastructure architects to data scientists and UX designers.

Amazon also revealed that it acquired the Lord & Taylor Building on 5th Ave. and plans to turn it into a new 630,000-square-foot office. The 2,000 new jobs will be based out of Manhattan. Overall, Amazon currently employs 24,000 people in New York state.

It’s worth pointing out that Amazon previously announced that it would open up its second headquarters in Queens back in 2018. But after facing a backlash from the community, the deal ended up not happening and the Queens HQ was never built. It’s not known how many NYC-area jobs would have come with that HQ, but these 2,000 opportunities still represent substantial growth for Amazon’s presence in NYC.

The remaining new jobs will be spread across several U.S. cities, including Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Phoenix and San Diego.

Amazon has created over 600,000 jobs in the U.S. since 2010. It currently employs over 876,000 worldwide.

“People from all walks of life come to Amazon to develop their career — from recent graduates looking for a place to turn their ideas into high-impact products, to veterans accessing new jobs in cloud computing thanks to our upskilling programs,” Beth Galetti, Amazon’s SVP of human resources, said in a statement. “These 3,500 new jobs will be in cities across the country with strong and diverse talent pools. We look forward to helping these communities grow their emerging tech workforce.”

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