Amazon Will Soon Surpass Microsoft AND Google In One Key Measure

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Amazon now has ~97,000 employees, and as it expands into grocery delivery and the TV and movie production business, it appears to be about to overtake Microsoft as one of the biggest tech companies on the planet. (Apple and Facebook are relative minnows, with roughly 16,000 and 5,000 employees each.)

Geekwire produced this useful chart (below), which illustrates how Amazon has grown as an employer since 2008. Amazon still has a ways to grow in terms of retail giants — Target has 365,000 employees.

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