Amazon announced that it is hiring 250,000 people in full-time, part-time and seasonal fulfillment center and transportation roles. Amazon’s statement touted the company as “the country’s leading job creator—adding more than 800,000 jobs in the last five years.”
Amazon is investing $1.3 billion in pay increases this year, bringing the average pay for these roles to over $20.50 per hour (a more than 50% increase over five years).
Jobs in Amazon’s operations network include stowing, picking, packing, sorting, shipping customer orders and more, and are available in hundreds of cities and towns across America, according to the company.
Target is also ramping up for the holidays, with the goal of adding 100,000 workers to its existing 400,000.
According to AP, “the announcement from the two companies follows news from Macy’s Inc. on Monday that it will add more than 38,000 full- and part-time seasonal employees at its Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury stores across the country. That’s a slight decline from the 41,000 the company planned to onboard in 2022.”
Reuters recently reported that overall seasonal hiring may be sluggish due to increased labor costs and shaky consumer confidence. Some analysts are predicting a slow holiday season from a sales standpoint, with household savings shrinking and consumers worrying about the state of the economy.