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Amazon to hire 120,000 workers in 33 US states for holiday sales

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13 October 2017

Amazon, the largest global retailer, will hire around 12,000 temporary workers, including one-day-fair workers, across 33 states in the United States, starting soon, as it looks to boost holiday sales across America.

Amazon says the current hiring is nearly double the number of workers in the company's fulfillment centers, sorting centers and customer service sites.

This will help those who are suddenly out of job or needs a little extra income in the last few months of the year. And for those interested in a seasonal job, Target, Macy's and other big retailers are offering temporary jobs.

Some of them have one-day hiring fairs coming up very soon for holiday positions. Here are all the details.

The temporary positions are located in 33 states. Some of the positions will be filled by people who return to the company year after year. Some of these short-term jobs also get converted to full-time, regular positions, says Amazon.

This year's seasonal hiring for Amazon is about the same number as last year, even though industry surveys predict that customers will be buying more this year than last year.

Of course Amazon isn't the only place offering positions. Here are a few of the other big options, along with some details and deadlines you'll want to know:

Target, on the other hand, is hiring about 100,000 temporary workers, and has a recruitment event this weekend at various locations around the country.

UPS will be hiring 95,000 temporary workers while Macy's will be adding about 80,000 temporary employees at Macy's and Bloomingale's brands.

The logistics and delivery company will hire 50,000 people, including both temporary and permanent jobs.

J.C. Penney has set a target of hiring 40,000 workers at a one-day hiring fair set for 17 October.

Earlier this year, Amazon announced it was hiring 5,000 people who would be able to work from home in customer service roles. They also announced a one-day kickoff as part of its drive to hire 50,000 full-time workers.

US shoppers are expected to spend between $678.75 billion and $682 billion on holiday shopping this year, a growth of 3.6 per cent to 4 per cent over last year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

This forecast includes online shopping, which is expected to accelerate its pace of growth to 11-15 per cent to about $140 billion.





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