Amazon to Hire 70,000 Seasonal Workers

Hiring is a 40 percent increase from last year.

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Amazon.com says it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season.

The world's largest online retailer says the hires are an increase of 40 percent over last year's 50,000 workers. Seasonal employees at Amazon.com Inc. order fulfillment centers are eligible for health care benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees.

Amazon says it plans to convert "thousands" of the temporary jobs into full-time roles after the holiday season.

Tuesday's announcement from the Seattle-based company follows seasonal hiring announcements from other large retailers. Wal-Mart Stores said last week that it is hiring 55,000 seasonal workers. It is also elevating 35,000 temporary workers to part-time positions and 35,000 part-time workers to full-time jobs.

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arenadood

Full time seasonal jobs with Health care are better then no jobs at all. At least a pay check will be coming in for a few months.

October 06 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gertbck3

Would you consider hiring someone who has SERVED Their Time for a Felony? I truly do hope and pray so, because I know someone who needs a job really good. They have changed their ways, and are now looking for gainful and honest employment!! Please consider, thank you?

October 06 2013 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

Obamacare is the greatest invention since Popcorn. It work\'s great as long as you don\'t get sick.

October 06 2013 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Aissa2

Isn't that the same of any healthcare? You can have the best health insurance in the world, Blue Cross/Blue Shield for example. It is find as long as you don't need it. It is fine as long as you don't come up with Cancer or some other illness for which you tap out. Obamacare is for those who work lowing paying jobs, or don't have jobs, or have part time jobs which does not provide healthcare. I would rather they at least have healthcare than come to work at times ill with something for which I and others have to use theirs. I would rather they have healthcare to take care of their sick children, instead of clog up Emergency room where I might have an emergency for which I need to be seen. We nee to stop thinking, believing and acting upon the ignorance of what Obamacare is to those who do not have the luxury of healthcare we seem to want to have for ourselves, but deny others. We may have to some day walk in those shoes, since now a days, nothing is promised to any of us, including healthcare, whether we are working, barely making ends meet or not at all. Best of health.

October 06 2013 at 3:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
kd485

What, they are expected to work for a living? How cruel!

October 06 2013 at 12:17 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
fitzbeerman

Great more Part time jobs.

October 06 2013 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Aissa2

If you don't have any job at all, part time will at least provide something.

October 06 2013 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
iapurplefan

why would someone want to be treated like crap overworked for minimum wage ???

October 06 2013 at 10:46 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Aissa2

Because they need to eat, live under a roof, pay utilities. Why Else????????

October 06 2013 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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david68574

On Amazon's pay, you can only afford to do one of those. Your choice.

October 11 2013 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
iFiMailYouItsHak

I worked as a seasonal worker for amazon three years in a row in pennsylvania! So many people having to go to the hospital! Worst job ever! But i would do it this year again if they would let me but they wont cause i was late once last year.

October 03 2013 at 3:27 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
wintervision

Thats BS , I worked at a FS ( Fulfilment Center) as a full time Amazon employee and after the Holiday season they let them all go. Even part timers that did a good job were let go. These places are two steps away from a sweat shop !!!

October 02 2013 at 5:00 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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alafrance

at these times any work is better then no work

October 02 2013 at 4:39 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
2012 Clark 2012

Amazon operates most it's facilities in states that have right to work laws and utilize the workers for short durations of time then replace them with another worker. It saves amazon a lot of money in employee benefits and wage increases.

October 02 2013 at 3:14 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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