News

Amazon to hire 70K seasonal employees

Amazon to hire 70K seasonal employees

HELP WANTED: Amazon says it will hire 70,000 seasonal employees. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc said it expects to hire more than 70,000 full-time seasonal employees across its order fulfillment centers in the United States, a 40 percent increase from last year.

Amazon, which has about 88,400 employees, said it has converted more than 7,000 temporary employees in the United States into full-time employees so far this year.

“We’re looking forward to converting thousands more after this holiday season,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide operations and customer service.

Retailers typically hire seasonal employees in the weeks leading up to the holiday shopping season to work in stores and help in distribution and fulfilling online orders.

Amazon said its seasonal employees are eligible for health care benefits.

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is spending billions of dollars on expansion, which has taken a toll on its earnings.

It unveiled two new high-definition tablets last week with a unique on-screen helpdesk feature it hopes will give it an advantage over devices from rivals Apple Inc and Google Inc.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Clinton Rallies Democrats in Maine for Michaud

BwkXc4UIEAAn_xM

Former President Bill Clinton says Democrat Mike Michaud is what Maine needs in a governor to bring people together.

in Local

Portland Man Buys New England’s Tallest Lighthouse

GENERIC LIGHTHOUSE

YORK, Maine (AP) _ A Maine man is buying New England's tallest lighthouse for $78,000.

in Local

Interim Leader For UMaine-Augusta Is Named

GENERIC SCHOOL

The University of Maine System says former House Speaker Glenn Cummings has been tapped to serve as interim president of the University of Maine at Augusta.

in Local

Police: Maine Man Assaulted Police Dog

GENERIC POLICE CAR

A 22-year-old Maine man is in custody facing charges he assaulted a state police dog.

in Local

Report: Alternative Energy to Grow in Maine

WGAN-100x100

An unreleased Maine state report says alternative energy is among the industries with the best potential for job growth in the state.