Pennsylvania Job Market Booms as Amazon Announces Thousands of Openings and Bonuses
E-commerce giant Amazon has launched a hiring spree in Pennsylvania to assist with the holiday period.
Amazon wants to hire 6,5000 people in Pennsylvania across full-time, seasonal, and part-time roles. The company has advised these could lead to permanent work.
On average, customer fulfillment and transportation employees can earn more than $20.50 an hour — an increase of $1.50 over last year, with some roles being paid up to $28 per hour. Some new hires will be eligible for bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.
“Whether someone is looking for a short-term way to make extra money, or is hoping to take their first step toward a fulfilling and rewarding career at Amazon, there’s a role available for them. A fulfillment or transportation employee who starts with us today will see a 13% increase in pay over the next three years—likely more, including our annual wage investments—and that’s on top of offerings like pre-paid college tuition with Career Choice and health care benefits on day one." John Felton, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations
In addition to the seasonal jobs, Amazon continues to expand in Pennsylvania.
They are building a 1 million-square-foot warehouse near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in New Stanton that will create 600 jobs.
"There's been great speculation over the past months, but it is really welcome news. It's big news for Westmoreland County and really validates what we know, that this is a great place to work and to do business. So we're excited about this. Again, this validates what we know given our great network of roads and access, our really talented and diverse workforce. This is a great place to do business and this announcement by Amazon, again, really proves what we know." Commissioner Ted Kopas
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Amazon may be bucking the trend, with CNN reporting this year could mark the retail industry’s lowest seasonal hiring total since 2008.
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