Amazon On Hiring Spree, Adding 5,000 Jobs

Amazon warehouseAmazon said it is looking to fill more than 5,000 new full-time jobs at 17 of its fulfillment centers across the United States. That's roughly a 25 percent increase in full-time fulfillment center staff, which currently number more than 20,000 in the country.

Amazon has been building lots of new fulfillment centers closer to customers in recent years as the company tries to speed up delivery of online orders and reduce shipping costs.

Amazon needs a lot of workers to pick, pack and ship orders alongside high tech robots that whiz around its warehouses. The company's demand for employees is so strong that it has created special programs to woo candidates.

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Last year, Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos used the front page of the company's website to announce a Career Choice program that pays thousands of dollars for warehouse employees to take technical and vocational courses in high-demand areas including engineering, information technology, transportation and accounting.

Amazon made its latest hiring push as President Obama is due to visit a company fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Tuesday to speak about jobs in the United States.

The President will discuss proposals to jumpstart private sector job growth and make America more competitive, according to a White House spokeswoman.

(Reporting by Alistair Barr; Editing by Chris Reese)

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most companies are hiring now because of the social brain washing that occurs in schools and colleges. two places I have worked for in the last 23 years were steadily working on moving out the older generation for the younger more malleable minds, that rein a little easier. " In ten, maybe fifteen years, the younger gen will be walking in lock-step, according to the government. Wake up children all the jobs have left the us, that pays a decent wage. Everyone can't be a stock broker, executive, or all the other suit-n-tie jobs. the fast food industry wages can't pay of the debt the fruitcakes in d.c. have created" The best to you, and "MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS." When you raise wages, all things go up too. You haven't gained anything. If this didn't happen, a wage increase would be great. All corps are just sitting there waiting to increase prices, because the cost of their products just increased. Pure economics..

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