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Amazon to create 2,000 full-time jobs in California fulfillment centers


Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO
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Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO

Amazon is planning to hire 2,000 full-time workers at new California fulfillment centers.

One new facility in Eastvale will focus on books, electronics and toys, while the other, in Redlands, will have larger items like sports equipment, patio furniture and pet food. The Eastvale warehouse is the second addition to the area (another was originally announced last May) and won't be hiring until closer to its 2018 open date.

The Seattle-based e-commerce company previously announced that it plans to create 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months, bringing its work force to more than 280,000. The jobs announced on Thursday will be part of that 100,000, Amazon told CNBC.

At that time, analyst Youssef Squali, managing director and global head of internet and media equity research at ‎Cantor Fitzgerald, told CNBC that such a move is par for the course for a quickly growing company like Amazon.

For instance, Amazon employed 117,300 full-time and part-time employees by the end of 2013, according to its annual report, and increased that number to 230,800 full-time and part-time employees by the end of 2015.

The company also shelled out on 23 new fulfillment centers worldwide in the second half of 2016, it said on a recent earnings conference call.

Still, technology companies have made splashy job announcements amid political pressure from President Donald Trump, who has vowed to incentivize more American jobs and hamper outsourcing. Thursday's announcement marked the sixth jobs news release from Amazon so far this year, versus eight for all of 2016.

— CNBC's Deirdre Bosa contributed to this report.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that Amazon announced a second facility in Eastvale on Thursday, in addition to one announced last May.