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October 18, 2021 5:45 PM, EDT

Amazon to Hire 150,000 Workers for Seasonal Jobs

Amazon Workers retrieve boxes at an Amazon fulfillment center on June 21 in Raleigh, N.C. (Rachel Jessen/Bloomberg News)

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Amazon.com is ramping up its operations for the holiday shopping season, announcing Oct. 18 that it’s adding 150,000 seasonal jobs across the U.S.

The jobs have a starting pay of $18 an hour plus sign-on bonuses up to $3,000 in a bid to compete in a tight labor market, the company said in a news release. Workers can earn an additional $3 an hour per shift depending on location.

“Our seasonal hiring helps us deliver on our promises to customers while also providing flexibility to our full-time employees during busy periods,” Alicia Boler Davis, senior vice president of global customer fulfillment, said in a statement.

The announcement comes as employers seek to beef up their workforces in anticipation of increased shopping during the holidays amid the COVID-19 pandemic, worker shortages and global supply chain bottlenecks.

President Joe Biden has enlisted private employers such as Walmart, UPS Inc., FedEx Corp. and Target to help ease supply chain bottlenecks and transport goods to their final destinations in time for Christmas, USA Today reports.

Amazon.com Inc. ranks No. 22 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America

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