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While many companies expect to slow down, Amazon ramps up hiring

(BUSINESS NEWS) Amazon has reacted to the Coronavirus outbreak by offering 100,000 jobs to help support people who need them, along with Amazons own ramped up labor.

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The Covid-19 outbreak has stressed supply chains across the nation, even the behemoth Amazon. Online shopping has increased, stressing warehouse suppliers and delivery services. Amazon’s Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, announced on March 16 that Amazon would be opening 100,000 jobs in the U.S. to ramp up labor as its current team tries to support the thousands of Americans forced to stay home.

Full and part-time positions available.

Clark reports that the open jobs start at $15/hour or more. In the United States, Amazon is adding $2/hour in increased pay through April to support hourly workers who are providing essential support to allow people to self-quarantine. According to the Amazon jobs website, workers can start in as soon as seven days. No previous work experience is required. Amazon is encouraging people in the food and entertainment industries to apply and work until previous employers can take them back. The job interviews are being handled virtually, rather than in-person to avoid travel and unnecessary contact.

The jobs are available in fulfillment and delivery centers across the United States. In Texas, there are positions open in Fort Worth, Lubbock, San Marcos and Austin. If you’re interested in applying, learn more at Search your community to know what opportunities are available.

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Amazon says it supports its team

Amazon is taking all recommended precautions to protect its team. Workers who can work from home are doing so. Obviously, shoppers and warehouse workers can’t work from home, but Amazon has bumped up its cleaning schedule of all facilities. Workers who are placed in quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay. Hourly employees are being given unlimited unpaid time off through the end of March to deal with any issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amazon looks to lead the charge of getting through this hard time instead of the many other companies that will have to throttle down.

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Dawn Brotherton is a Sr. Staff Writer at The American Genius with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is an experienced business writer with over 10 years of experience in SEO and content creation. Since 2017, she has earned $60K+ in grant writing for a local community center, which assists disadvantaged adults in the area.

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