Since 2011, Amazon has invested more than $160 billion in the U.S., from fulfillment centers, to cloud computing infrastructure, to compensation to its employees. These investments have added an additional $100 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) due to their ripple effect through the economy.
In 2016, Amazon was present in 44 U.S. counties that had fewer than 1 million people; on average, Amazon employed 3,600 people in each county. Using regression analysis, we estimate that these direct hires resulted in the creation of an additional 2,400 jobs outside of Amazon in each of these counties. That’s more than 100,000 indirect jobs created by Amazon’s investments in these rural areas across the U.S.
As of 2017, Amazon’s investments led to the creation of more than 360,000 additional (non-Amazon) jobs, including construction jobs, as well as tens of thousands of positions in the healthcare industry and in professional services firms, among others. Further, on a state level, Amazon’s impact can be seen in decreasing unemployment rates and in the local-, small-, and medium-sized businesses it empowers.
There’s a lot more to our economic impact story. Discover more about Amazon’s investment across the country with this interactive map, and learn more about the positive economic impact Amazon is having in communities across the country, from southern California to Goodyear, Arizona, to Chattanooga, Tennessee.