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Amazon reportedly planning fifth Austin-area delivery station

The company has 11,000 local employees to date, according to the Austin Business Journal.

AUSTIN, Texas — Amazon is continuing to expand its presence in Central Texas. The Austin Business Journal (ABJ) reports that the company is planning to open its fifth local delivery station in northeast Austin next year.

Amazon recently leased 315,000 square feet off Decker Lane, north of Lake Walter E. Long. It plans to create more than 200 jobs at the facility, according to ABJ.

ABJ reports that this latest venture from Amazon brings the company's local investment to over $5.5 billion since it first arrived in the Austin area in 2015. Not including the 1,000 jobs planned for its forthcoming Pflugerville fulfillment center, Amazon currently has more than 11,000 direct employees in the Austin area. 

The company estimates that it has helped create more than 27,000 indirect jobs in the area through construction, transportation, health care, food service, retail and more.

ABJ reports that with its current trajectory, Amazon could become the largest private-sector employer in the region in the next few years.

Amazon jobs start at $15 per hour with full-time roles eligible for benefits including paid leave and health insurance. According to ABJ, in addition to directly employing more than 200 people, the new delivery station will also "support a network of entrepreneurs and independent contractors who deliver Amazon packages through Amazon Flex."

Read ABJ's full report.

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