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July 29, 2013

Amazon Announces 7,000 New Jobs in U.S.

Amazon is planning to hire 7,000 new employees, more than 5,000 of which are full-time positions, “to meet growing customer demand,” the eCommerce giant announced today.

The 5,000-plus full-time positions are for its U.S. fulfillment centers, which handle and process customer orders. According to a company press release, these employees will make 30 percent more than what they would be paid by other retailers. Employees will also receive benefits, stock awards and bonuses.

“We’re hiring more than 5,000 people to join our team and help us continue to innovate and serve our customers,” said Amazon vice-president of worldwide operations and customer service Dave Clark.

“We’re focused on sustained innovation across Amazon and want to help our employees succeed — whether at Amazon or elsewhere — so we offer programs like Career Choice, where we’ll pay for up to 95 percent of eligible employees’ tuition regardless of whether the skills they learn are relevant to a career at Amazon.”

Potential candidates can learn more about the positions at

The company is also in the process of hiring 2,000 new full-time, part-time and seasonal workers for its customer service network.

Amazon’s announcement comes the day before President Barack Obama will visit the company’s fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tenn., to talk about  jobs.