Ardine Williams, vice president of workforce development for HQ2 at Amazon, told FRONTLINE, “We employ about 750,000 people around the world, and at our larger sites like Seattle, about half of our population are tech.” With a projected 400,000 people qualified for STEM jobs, and 1.4 million STEM job openings, she said “it means that we are working to recruit from a limited pool of qualified people.”
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This excerpt is from an interview conducted for FRONTLINE’s documentary “Amazon Empire,” which examines how founder and CEO Jeff Bezos turned Amazon into a business empire that is unprecedented in the history of American capitalism.
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