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The Staggering Growth of Amazon's Workforce

This article is published in collaboration with Statista

by Felix Richter

While many companies were forced to cut jobs in face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon went on an unprecedented hiring spree in 2020. As reported with its full-year results on February 2, the e-commerce behemoth created 500,000 new jobs in 2020, adding to its already sizeable workforce.

With roughly 1.3 million employees across the globe, Amazon is only the second U.S. company to employ more than a million people (not counting McDonald's franchise employees). And while there's no end in sight to its growth, the company will have a hard time grabbing the number 1 spot anytime soon: retail giant Walmart currently employs 2.2 million people around the world.

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