President Donald Trump has been working to ramp up the pace of Amazon’s hiring.
His team has announced a hiring blitz to prepare the government for the “new normal” of a growing economy and jobless rate that will rise to 7.5 percent in 2021, which is well above the 2 percent unemployment rate that is typical for a major American city.
The hiring plan is expected to be finalized by the end of this week.
And the White House has promised to spend $5 billion on infrastructure, which would be a $4 billion increase over what Congress approved in 2018.
The administration also wants to hire up to 5,000 new federal contract workers and provide up to $5.5 billion in federal funding to small businesses.
The White House said that it would also invest $5 trillion in infrastructure, including the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was passed in 2017.
The Trump administration has also been working with Congress to enact an infrastructure bill, which has not yet been scheduled for a vote.
The legislation is expected in the next few weeks, and it will help to support construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which will bring oil from Canada to refineries in the U.S.