MADISON – A recent article in the Milwaukee Business Journal reports that Amazon.com has created 4,188 jobs for its Kenosha facility since 2014, surpassing their promised job total of 1,250 more than three times over. In 2016, Amazon.com paid Kenosha employees a combined $93.2 million in taxable wages.
Amazon far surpassed Kenosha jobs promise
By Sean Ryan – Reporter, Milwaukee Business Journal
Amazon.com promised 1,250 jobs in exchange for hefty state and local incentive packages to build a distribution center in the city of Kenosha several years ago; since then, the huge online retailer has more than tripled that number.
Amazon created 4,188 jobs in Wisconsin between 2014 and 2017, and paid a combined $93.2 million in taxable wages last year, according to filings with the state of Wisconsin reviewed by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Its current workforce includes more than 3,000 workers in the highly visible fulfillment center Amazon leases in Kenosha adjacent to Interstate 94.
Kenosha historically had about half of its residents commute outside the county to their jobs, said Brooke Infusino, director of talent development for the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, which helped attract Amazon’s distribution center. But employers, including Amazon, are starting to reverse that trend. Now at least 14,000 people are commuting into Kenosha County from surrounding counties, she said.
The Milwaukee Business Journal’s full report can be found here.