Amazon: our expansion comes with an unwavering commitment to safety

Marco Green
September 15, 2020

E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to hire 100,000 full and part-time employees in the US and Canada, offering starting wages of at least $15 an hour.

In Essex County, unemployment surged to more than 20 percent in July due to COVID-19's economic fallout. The latest openings pay at least $15 an hour, with Amazon paying signing bonuses of up to $1,000 in some cities, according to the company.

The full- and part-time jobs are among 100,000 hires Amazon expects to make nationally. "This announcement today really supports our overall Amazon operations fulfillment network", said Racheal Lighty, an Amazon spokesperson.

Amazon has already opened 75 new fulfillment, sortation centers and delivery stations this year.

There are now 4,000 full-time employees at the the Staten Island fulfillment center and hundreds of full- and part-time jobs at the delivery station, according to Lighty.

Amazon is also holding a virtual career day on September 16 to allow job seekers the opportunity to talk one-on-one with recruiters.

Amazon said it will hire an additional 100,000 in the United States and Canada markets for regular full-time and part-time jobs in its fulfilment and logistics network as it expands its footprint to better serve customers in communities where they live. Lighty said the company's greatest need is in its fulfillment centers, where employees pack and ship customer orders.

The 15 states where Amazon said it's doing the most hiring are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. "Collectively, our new team members have already completed more than 1,200,000 hours of safety training, with over 500,000 more hours expected, to ensure that in addition to fast and efficient delivery for our customers, we're providing a safe and modern environment for our employees and partners".

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