amznemployees’s quarterly report this afternoon disclosed a $7 million loss for the company, but there was another notable number farther down in the earnings release: 97,000.

That is the company’s count of full- and part-time employees as of June 30 — more than three times the 28,300 employees reported by Amazon at this point in 2010. The stat doesn’t include temporary workers or contractors.

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Amazon’s total does include workers at its fulfillment centers around the world, so the comparison to other tech companies isn’t apples-to-apples, but the chart above shows just how much Amazon has grown in relation to both Microsoft and Google over that time period.

It also helps to explain why the Seattle company needs all that extra space in Seattle’s South Lake Union and Denny Triangle neighborhoods. (Check out these pictures of the company’s planned biodomes.)

Of course, the higher employment numbers is one of the major factors contributing to higher operating expenses for Amazon, squeezing its already thin (and in the case of this quarter, non-existent) profit margins.

Microsoft is still slightly larger than Amazon, at more than 99,000 employees (also excluding contractors), but the online retailer appears poised to surpass Microsoft in total direct employment as early as the current quarter.

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  • RappDapp

    Holy cow man, must be nice to be Amazon!

  • Tim

    This has driven up rents in the area and caused a number of elderly people in my building to move out since the building was sold last month and rents increased 40%+.

    One older lady’s rent increased $800 per month (yes $800 per month for a one bedroom apartment) and were told to move out or pay over $1950 for a one bedroom apartment on Queen Anne facing the street.

    We don’t have any rent control in Seattle. Please tell the entire story Geekwire because the city is made up of a lot of Seattle Natives that are not in tech and can not afford to pay Programmer Geek rental prices in a city that they have lived in for 40+ years.

    How about Amazon stepping up and helping these poor people in my building pay the rent increases and not have to leave their homes?

    Now there is a story. Thanks, Tim

  • Viet Nguyen

    That’s insane. No wonder Seattle’s unemployment rate is so much better than elsewhere in the country.

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