Online giant Amazon is to create more than 100,000 additional full-time jobs in the US over the next 18 months, in a move that would take its workforce to over 280,000 by mid-2018.

According to the company, its "full-time full-benefit" jobs are for people all across the country, with all types of experience, education and skill levels – from engineers and software developers to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training.

Many of the roles will be in new fulfilment centres that have been announced over the past several months and are currently under construction in states including Texas, California, Florida and New Jersey.

"Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it's created hundreds of thousands of American jobs," says Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. "These jobs are not just in our Seattle headquarters or in Silicon Valley – they're in our customer service network, fulfilment centres and other facilities in local communities throughout the country."

Bezos added Amazon will continue to invent in areas like cloud technology, machine learning, and advanced logistics.

The online retailer also pledged to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

Meanwhile the company's expansion into apparel is continuing to pick up pace, as it prepares to develop its own line of workout clothing.

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