Do Amazon warehouses hurt local jobs?

When Amazon AMZN, +2.87% considers opening a new warehouse or “fulfillment center,” local and state governments shower the company with tax breaks and other incentives in the hope of boosting employment. But researchers say the benefits that politicians are hungry for may never come.

While the opening of an Amazon warehouse increases warehousing employment at the county level by more than 30% after two years, private-sector employment across all industries doesn’t budge, according to a reported released Thursday by the left-leaning non-profit think tank Economic Policy Institute.

“Our findings of the lack of overall job growth from opening an Amazon fulfillment centers suggest that some sort of employment displacement is taking place, or that the growth in warehousing jobs is too limited to spill over into broad-based employment gains for the overall local economy,” the report said.

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