In a year plagued by widespread layoffs, Amazon is bucking the trend. As of October, the company added 427,300 employees, increasing its workforce to 1.2 million, according to the New York Times. Currently listed as the world’s fifth-largest employer, Amazon’s historic levels of hiring are likely to move it up to third.

Walmart, the world’s largest employer, has 2.2 million workers; at Amazon’s current pace of hiring, it would be able to take the title in two years. Of course, Walmart has also been staffing up during the pandemic.

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