July 22, 2019
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Amazon's contributions to Seattle: Billions and billions

Amazon has released new data on its overall impact on the Seattle community.

The Puget Sound Journal of Business reported on Amazon’s impact to Seattle recently, which include $32.2 billion in employee compensation and an increase of $25.3 billion in personal income for non-Amazon employees, as a result of the company’s significant investments.

The company has invested $4.5 billion in capital infrastructure like buildings, and has created 244,000 indirect jobs as a result of Amazon investments.

There are 45,000 employees in Seattle, too. Many of them dine at one of the company’s 29 restaurants and cafes inside Amazon headquarters.

Reporter Ashley Stewart also noted that the company has been more politically active since it worked to defeat a head tax proposal in Seattle last year.

“Releasing information on the community investments Amazon makes may help to convince the Seattle City Council — which could change a great deal with seven seats up for election this fall — that the private sector can be relied on to help solve the region’s challenges without intervention from government,” she wrote.



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