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Amazon Hires 20,000 Warehouse Workers in US Last Year

Amazon hired over 20,000 full-time employees at its U.S. Fulfillment Centers last year. Amazon reveals so few details about its operations that it felt like significant information revealed in the company’s press release on Wednesday.

“Last year, we hired more than 20,000 people into full-time jobs across our U.S. fulfillment centers – with more than half starting as seasonal employees,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “Today, we’re excited to announce 2,500 full-time jobs, bringing new employment opportunities to local communities across the country.”

We asked Amazon if that was a net 20,000 full-time new-hires – in other words, does Amazon have 20,000 more full-time warehouse workers than the year before? We’re waiting to hear back with an answer from the operations side of the business.

Amazon has come a long way since its early days when it had only two fulfillment centers, in Seattle and Delaware. Amazon opened seven new fulfillment centers in 2013 alone and has warehouses all over the globe.

Amazon works with government entities in determining where to build its fulfillment centers, selling them on job creation that its warehouses provide. Sure enough in Wednesday’s release Amazon announced it was looking to hire more than 2,500 new, full-time jobs across its growing U.S. fulfillment network.

Amazon.com has come under fire for working conditions at its warehouses around the world. To help counter such claims, Amazon included statements about the benefits its workers receive: “Median pay inside Amazon fulfillment centers is 30 percent higher than traditional retail jobs. In addition to highly competitive wages, Amazon also offers employees comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards,” some of which was detailed in the release.

The company said fulfillment center jobs “picking, packing and shipping customer orders” were currently available in: Chester, Va., Dupont, Wash., Coffeyville, Kan., Murfreesboro, Tenn., Columbia, S.C., Petersburg, Va.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.