New Amazon HQ would be Chicago area’s largest employer – Consumer News

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7 September 2017 | 6:46 pm

At a possible whopping 50,000 jobs, an Amazon.com second headquarters would be the Chicago area’s largest employer if it opens here and employs that many people.​

The e-commerce giant announced this morning that it wants to open an “HQ2” outside its home base of Seattle, employing up to 50,000 people and costing $5 billion to build.

If Amazon chooses the Chicago area, it could become the area’s largest employer. At 50,000 jobs, the HQ2 would have about 7,400 more local, full-time employees than the U.S. government, which employed nearly 42,700 people in the area at the end of 2016, making it the largest local employer, according to Crain’s 2017 list of largest Chicago-area employers.

Other big local employers businesses include the Chicago Public Schools system, which employs more than 35,800 people; the city of Chicago, which employs nearly 31,000; and Cook County, which employs nearly 21,000, according to the list.

The tech giant is no stranger to Illinois, either. Amazon is in the midst of building eight warehouses and will employ up to 8,000 people in Illinois by the end of next year. It also has an office downtown that employs 200 workers. The company recently doubled its lease there to 70,000 square feet. Amazon also recently announced a new sorting center.​

A new Amazon headquarters in Chicago could have a trickle-down effect, too.

Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy, saying “every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional 1.4 dollars for the city’s economy overall.”

Excluding contractors and temporary personnel, Amazon employs 382,400 people full- and part-time worldwide, according to its most recent earnings report.​

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