Amazon is big ... really; workforce reaches 500K

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NEW YORK (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.