Amazon announces plans to hire 125,000 employees in U.S.

Amazon said on Tuesday that it is providing an additional 125,000 employment opportunities throughout the United States, on top of the 40,000 corporate and technology jobs announced earlier this month.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Amazon has hired more than 450,000 people in the United States, and one-in-10 hourly employees who have been with the company six months or longer have been promoted. It is now the largest job creator in the country, the company said.

The roles in fulfillment and transportation offer an average starting wage of more than 18 U.S. dollars per hour and up to 22.50 dollars per hour in some locations, according to Amazon.

The company also provides full-time employees with comprehensive benefits and Amazon’s Career Choice program, in which the company will pay full college tuition for its front-line employees as part of a 1.2 billion dollar investment to expand education and skills training for its U.S. workforce.

In 2021, Amazon opened over 250 new fulfillment centers, sortation centers, regional air hubs, and delivery stations across the country.