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Amazon Increases Hiring Numbers

Amazon will hire more than 30,000 part-time workers over the next year.

 The company said Thursday that 25,000 of the jobs will be in warehouses and 5,000 work-from-home positions in customer service.

Part-time employees at Amazon who work at least 20 hours per week receive benefits, including a program that pays most of the tuition for courses in “high-demand fields.”

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Amazon already has almost 40,000 part-time employees across the United States.

In January, Amazon announced plans to add more than 100,000 full-time jobs in the next year and a half, bringing its total U.S. work force to 280,000. Most of the new full-time jobs will be in warehouses and answering phones.

Amazon.com’s new Sacramento distribution center will hire hundreds of workers more than previously announced.

The warehouse, to open later this year near Sacramento International Airport, plans to hire 1,500 full-time workers, said Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson. Those figures don’t include employees likely to be hired for part-time or temporary work during seasonal rush periods.

That represents a 50 percent increase over Amazon’s original plan, announced last July, to hire 1,000 full-time workers.

“That number may increase,” Robinson said. “We’re looking at creating at least, conservatively, 1,500 hourly positions.” Amazon is pouring millions into major customer-fulfillment centers around the country, like the one in Sacramento, in an effort to speed delivery times and generate more business.

With construction well underway, Robinson said the 855,000-square-foot building will open in advance of the December holiday rush.

The building will open on a 68-acre parcel at Metro Air Park, a long-awaited commercial center near the airport. It will immediately make Amazon one of the region’s major employers.

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John Todd

Born and raised in Rio Linda, graduate of Rio Linda High School, and resident for most of the last 50 years. Committee Chair for the Rio Linda Elverta Visions Committee, announcer for the Rio Linda Little League Parade, Keeper of the Archway Lights, and outspoken advocate for the community.

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