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Amazon Wage Increase Could Impact Thousands In Georgia

Atlanta is on the shortlist of 20 metro areas for the new site of Amazon's second headquarters, and Amazon already has five fulfillment and customer service centers in Georgia.
Atlanta is on the shortlist of 20 metro areas for the new site of Amazon's second headquarters, and Amazon already has five fulfillment and customer service centers in Georgia.
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Amazon announced Tuesday that it’s raising the minimum wage for all of its employees to $15 an hour, and that’s expected to impact the more than 2,000 employees it has in Georgia.

Atlanta is on the shortlist of 20 metro areas for the new site of Amazon’s second headquarters, and Amazon already has five fulfillment and customer service centers in Georgia that employ thousands.

It leases space and built new facilities in Jefferson, Union City, Lithia Springs, Braselton and Macon.

The new increase impacts more than 350,000 employees nationwide, including full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees.

Amazon says it will also push federal lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage. The current rate is $7.25.

Last month, Gwinnett County commissioners approved a development called “Project Rocket.

It would bring 1,800 jobs near Stone Mountain, and according to The Gwinnett Daily Post, it’s likely another Amazon distribution center.

If Atlanta is chosen as the second headquarters, Amazon said it could bring 50,000 jobs here.