Amazon goes on hiring spree with 1400 jobs to fill in Ohio

Aarrow Sign Spinners representative Kyle Nicely demonstrates sign spinning at the Choice Career Fair in San Antonio Texas

Aarrow Sign Spinners representative Kyle Nicely demonstrates sign spinning at the Choice Career Fair in San Antonio Texas

Wednesday's hiring spree is a sign of Amazon's growth at a time traditional retailers are closing stores and cutting jobs.

The online retail giant said its jobs offer health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock.

In January, Amazon announced plans to add more than 100,000 full-time jobs over the next year and a half, bringing its total US work force to 280,000.

The bad news is that more people are likely to lose jobs in stores than get jobs in warehouses, said Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. But he says Amazon's warehouse jobs provide good wages and could help build skills. "They're serious entry-level jobs for a lot of young people, even those who are still making their way through school".

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Amazon is preparing to hire thousands of workers with job fairs across the country, including one at its fulfillment center outside Columbus. Other warehouses are focused on smaller products. "The picker-packer role is something humans do way better than machines right now".

The event will take place at 10 Amazon shipping sites.

Amazon has some job openings. Pay differs based on location, according to job postings on Amazon's site.

They're hiring in-person and offering medical benefits in cities like Baltimore, Buffalo, Chattanooga and Oklahoma City to name a few. Most of the new full-time jobs will be in warehouses and answering phones.

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