‘Tis the season for pumpkins, copious amounts of food and new jobs? Amazon has announced that it will be creating 80,000 new seasonal positions to keep up with increased shopping demands during the impending holiday season. “We’re excited to be creating 80,000 seasonal jobs, thousands of which will lead to regular, full-time roles with benefits starting on day one,” Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations, said in a statement released Thursday. The increase in workers would add up to a 14% increase in the number of workers Amazon currently employs, which is 132,600 full and part-time workers globally, according to The Associated Press. Those workers will be very busy in the coming months, if history is any indication, Amazon can expect a huge influx of orders during the holidays; last year’s holiday sales brought in $616.9 billion and The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will be 4.1 percent higher this year.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe