Amazon hires 100,000 seasonal workers for the vacations


Amazon announced Tuesday that it was hiring 100,000 seasonal workers to support increased demand during the holiday season.

Employees help pick, pack, and ship customer orders through Amazon's warehouse network in the US and Canada. Amazon will hire most of its employees in California, Texas, Maryland, Georgia, and New Jersey.

Amazon hired 200,000 contract workers during the holiday season last year, twice as many as in 2018.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon has already had its warehouses significantly occupied. There was a hiring hype in March and April as the number of online orders increased.

In May, Amazon announced it would offer permanent positions to 70% of the 175,000 workers hired at the height of the pandemic. Even after hiring 125,000 warehouse workers, the remaining 50,000 will remain on seasonal contracts that are expected to last up to 11 months.

Amazon had 876,800 employees as of June 30, excluding contractors and temporary workers.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed this year's Christmas business season in several ways. Amazon has postponed Prime Day from mid-July to October, which sparked the holiday frenzy earlier than ever for many retailers. With coronavirus cases rising in some parts of the country, analysts expect the bulk of Christmas shopping to be done online.

– CNBC's Frank Holland contributed to this report.


Katherine Clark