In a day full of horrible economic headlines, the news from Amazon this morning stuck out like a healed thumb.
The world's largest e-commerce company announced a hiring bonanza: 70,000 full-time seasonal workers in the U.S., a 40 percent increase over last year. The Seattle-based company said it converted approximately 7,000 of the same type of jobs a year ago into regular, full-time staff.
"Each year, seasonal jobs lead to thousands of long-term, full-time roles in our sites—jobs that offer great pay, benefits starting on day one and the chance for employees to further their education through our Career Choice program," said Amazon vice president Dave Clark.
The positions will be located within its fulfillment centers for the holidays and are intended to meet increased seasonal retail demand.
Amazon's U.S. fulfillment centers are located in Arizona, California, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Applicants are applying online at amazonfulfillmentcareers.com