Amazon says it will hire 100,000 U.S. warehouse workers to keep up with demand

Catherine Garcia

The coronavirus pandemic is creating such a demand for certain products that Amazon will hire 100,000 people to work in its U.S. warehouses, the company announced Monday.

Amazon said that because so many people are staying home and doing more shopping online, some household essentials are out of stock and deliveries are taking longer than usual, The Washington Post reports. To get packages out faster, Amazon is hiring additional temporary workers for its U.S. warehouses, Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

Clark said Amazon is especially interested in hiring individuals who have been furloughed. "We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their employer is able to bring them back," he said. Amazon will also raise its pay rate through April by $2 an hour in the United States.

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