Amazon has surpassed 75,000 employees in the Seattle region, a new milestone that reflects the tech giant’s continued growth in its hometown over the past decade.
Amazon disclosed the new Seattle-area headcount Wednesday when it announced a $2 billion initiative to increase affordable housing in the Seattle, Arlington, and Nashville regions, where the company plans to continue adding thousands of jobs.
Though the announcement focused on Amazon’s plans to fund and preserve 20,000 affordable housing units across the three metros, it also reflected a subtle shift in the company’s growth strategy in the Seattle area.
Amazon’s first affordable housing investment in the region will be in Bellevue, Wash., not Seattle.
In recent years, Amazon’s relationship with the City of Seattle has grown fraught. The company has responded by doubling down on its growth in Bellevue, which has quickly become critical to Amazon’s regional growth plans moving forward.
Amazon is placing thousands of new jobs in Bellevue, Washington state’s fifth biggest city that sits just across Lake Washington from Amazon’s Seattle headquarters and is a stone’s throw from Microsoft’s Redmond campus.
The company announced in September that it will hire an additional 10,000 people in Bellevue and plans to employ 25,000 there eventually — the same amount it expects to hire in Northern Virginia, or its