Ama­zon looks to hire 50,000 work­ers

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

SEAT­TLE — Ama­zon has some job open­ings. Lots of them.

The com­pany Wed­nes­day said it’s look­ing to fill more than 50,000 po­si­tions across the U.S. The an­nounce­ment comes at a time when the la­bor mar­ket is grow­ing tight with back-to-school and hol­i­day shop­ping around the cor­ner. Oth­ers will be com­pet­ing for many of those po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees.

Ama­zon.com Inc. will open the doors to job seek­ers Wed­nes­day at 10 ship­ping sites. The ma­jor­ity of jobs will be full time. More than 10,000 part-time jobs will also be avail­able at sort­ing cen­ters, along with some sup­port­ing and man­age­rial po­si­tions.

Ama­zon said in Jan­uary that it wanted to hire 100,000 full-time work­ers over the next 18 months. Since that time it’s steadily an­nounced jobs, in­clud­ing plans to add 900 work­ers in Bos­ton and 1,600 in Michi­gan.

While the na­tion’s un­em­ploy­ment rate is 4.4 per­cent, near a 16-year low, the av­er­age hourly pay rose just 2.5 per­cent in the past year. The last time un­em­ploy­ment was this low, wages were ris­ing at roughly a 4 per­cent rate.

Wages in­creases have been slow in com­ing, how­ever, some­thing that is be­ing watch closely by U.S. mon­e­tary pol­i­cy­mak­ers.

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