BOSTON (TheStreet) -- CEOs often take the heat for hindering job growth.With every downsizing, they are held accountable and suffer the ire of the unemployed. But what about those company leaders who have added consistently to the nation's employment base, even amid frustrating economic times? The following are 10 company leaders with a record of bolstering their pool of employees. These are not necessarily the biggest employers, nor those paying the most. Some of the CEOs and companies listed here benefit as much from industry trends, market cycles and seasonal spending as leadership moves. While some have championed creative ways to bring in employees, others have done so out of necessity and demand. The people and companies listed here, at the very least, are among those who have done their part to add to the national payroll, not subtract from it:
CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook is hardly the sort of conglomerate that will single-handedly fuel an economic recovery.
CEO Howard Schultz
Starbucks ( SBUX) isn't really on every street corner -- it just feels that way. The chain of coffee shops has 6,500 stores across the country and globe.
CEO James Skinner
McDonald's ( MCD), under the leadership of CEO James Skinner, is such an important employer in the U.S. that it can single-handedly affect the economy.
Co-founder Bernie Marcus
In a CNBC interview last September, Home Depot ( HD) co-founder Bernie Marcus took umbrage with President Barack Obama, blaming his tax policies and regulatory environment for the lack of business growth. He sarcastically "apologized" for having created more than 320,000 jobs throughout his leadership of the company.
CEO Mike Duke
Wal-Mart ( WMT) isn't just a driving force for the U.S. economy, but a global source of jobs.
CEO Jeff Bezos
Like Facebook, Amazon ( AMZN) -- led by CEO Jeff Bezos -- has been creating jobs on its own as well as fueling them at other companies. Amazon has been increasing the size of its workforce steadily. At the beginning of its 2010 fiscal year it had just over 26,000 employees. With a current level of 43,200 full-time and part-time employees, its workforce has grown more than 60%. Its subsidiary, the online shoe and fashion retailer Zappos.com, is also expanding. It has plans to add 5,000 employees, as well as boosting its staff by 2,000 temporary workers for the holiday season. While Amazon certainly can't hog all the credit, its role in normalizing e-commerce has been a boon for shipping companies. UPS ( UPS) and FedEx ( FDX) have been among the handful of companies expanding their workforce alongside the retailer. UPS has approximately 400,600 employees (as of Dec. 31), of which 330,600 are in the U.S. (Some 2,800 are pilots.) With the holiday shopping season upon us, FedEx projects an uptick in business. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it forecasts more than 260 million shipments to move through its global shipping networks -- a 12% increase for the holiday season over last year. In a statement, CEO Fred Smith credited the fact that "e-commerce continues to grow and demand increases with more customers shopping and conducting their business online." The company has announced that its 290,000-person workforce will be increased by 20,000 employees to meet holiday demands.
CEO Steve Ballmer
Over the years, Microsoft ( MSFT) was on a hiring spree that boosted its workforce to 95,000 employees.
CEO Larry Page
Google ( GOOG) is often cited as one of the nation's great places to work -- a distinction fueled by amenities ranging from in-house massages and gourmet meals to paid time off for pursuing personal projects.
CEO Paul Otellini
Overcoming a scary lull in the PC market, chip maker Intel ( INTC) has been expanding its reach with technology needed for laptops, netbooks and all manner of mobile gadgets.
CEO Terry Lundgren
It may be only temporary work, but Macy's ( M) is among the retailers boosting its seasonal workforce.
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