Amazon announced it has hired the initial 100,000 warehouse workers it originally pledged, and is now hiring an additional 75,000.
In the midst of the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu, Amazon has been a lifeline for many individuals. The e-commerce giant has been struggling, however, to keep up with demand for groceries and basic necessities, even limiting fulfillment of non-essential items. In an effort to keep up, Amazon previously announced it would hire an additional 100,000 warehouse workers, even starting them at $2 an hour more than standard pay.
Now the company has confirmed it has hired those initial 100,000 additional workers, and is expanding its hiring to include 75,000 more.
“Today, we are proud to announce our original 100,000 jobs pledge is filled, and those new employees are working at sites across the U.S.,” reads the company’s blog post. “We continue to see increased demand as our teams support their communities, and are going to continue to hire, creating an additional 75,000 jobs to help serve customers during this unprecedented time. Interested candidates can apply at www.amazon.com/jobsnow.”
Amazon’s announcement is good news for everyone concerned. The additional workers will help the company keep up with demand as the crisis drags on, while the new jobs will be a lifesaver to individuals whose livelihood is being impacted.