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More than half of Amazon's HQ2 hiring is for AWS

A rendering shows the Helix at PenPlace, the future site of Amazon's HQ2 in Arlington, Va.​

A rendering shows the Helix at PenPlace, the future site of Amazon's HQ2 in Arlington, Va.

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Amazon said Wednesday it was hiring another 1,900 employees for HQ2, its second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Notably, nearly half of the jobs Amazon lists there are for its Amazon Web Services division.


Of the 2,084 Arlington job listings, 984 are for AWS positions. In February, Amazon said it had 600 jobs open in Arlington.

Job listings are an imperfect measure of hiring, since a single listing may represent multiple openings, but Amazon has said it intends to have 25,000 employees at HQ2 and other locations in the region.

Amazon Web Services has a separate corporate campus and several data centers in Herndon, Virginia, near Dulles International Airport. That location currently has 725 open AWS job listings.

Amazon currently occupies what's been called a "base camp" in Arlington as its new campus, featuring a futuristic swirling tower called the Helix, is under construction. It expects to move into the new buildings in 2023.

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