Amazon is big … really, really big; workforce hits 500K

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FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, people stand in the lobby for Amazon offices in New York. Amazon said Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, it now employs more than 500,000 people in the U.S., another sign of the online giant’s rapid growth. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(AP) — Amazon says it now employs more than 500,000 people in the U.S., another sign of the online shopping giant’s rapid growth.

That’s up 43% from the 350,000 people it employed in 2018 and more than triple its workforce just five years ago.

The numbers include both full-time and part-time employees.

Only one American company beats Amazon in workforce size: retail rival Walmart, which employs 1.5 million in the U.S. and more than 2 million worldwide. 

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