Amazon unveils new hiring spree, includes Pennsylvania and Delaware
Amazon.com Inc will add 5,000 new full-time jobs at 17 of its large distribution warehouses in 13 states, including Pennsylvania and Delaware, the company said.
Jobs are available at the two local distribution centers – Middletown, Del. and Breinigsville, Pa. – where orders are packed and shipped.
The increase equates to 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 said it needs a lot of workers to pick, pack and ship orders alongside high tech robots that whiz around its warehouses.
Amazon made its latest hiring push as President Barack 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.
Reuters contributed to this report.