Ahead of a visit tomorrow by US President Barack Obama to an Amazon operation in Tennessee, it has emerged that the online retail giant is to create between 5,000 and 7,000 new jobs at several fulfilment centres across the US.
E-commerce giant Amazon, which employs 97,000 people worldwide, including more than 20,000 in the US, is in the vanguard of a movement that is seeing major tech companies like Apple bringing jobs back into the US economy.
The news ties in with an expected announcement tomorrow by Obama on new job creation policies for the US.
Typically, Amazon fulfilment jobs pay 30pc more than the average retail job in the US.
Last year, Amazon announced it will create more than 100 software jobs at its Development Centre in Dublin.