Amazon.com Inc. has announced intentions to hire more than 40,000 workers in the United States, calling it the company's "largest-ever recruiting and training event."
In a statement, the world's largest online retailer and cloud computing firm said it planned to organize a career fair on Sept. 15, continuing a trend in recent years of inviting a significant number of job seekers to learn about the company's open positions. Amazon did not say where the jobs would be situated, but the company's job posting site on Wednesday showed the most open positions in Seattle, Arlington, Virginia, New York, Bellevue, Washington, and Sunnyvale, California.
At the end of June, Amazon employed 950,000 workers in the United States, out of a global workforce of 1.3 million. The vast majority of individuals employed are employed in the company's huge logistics segment, particularly in warehouses that store and pack goods.
During the pandemic, the company's headcount swelled as stay-at-home orders bolstered the case for internet purchasing. Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos promised earlier this year that the company would put a greater emphasis on employee welfare, following an unprecedented union drive in the company's warehouse ranks and activism among corporate employees at its Seattle headquarters.
In New York on Wednesday morning, Amazon stock was up roughly 1%.