Amazon is on a hiring spree amid widespread coronavirus layoffs and record unemployment

  • Amazon said Wednesday it would hire 33,000 corporate and technology workers across the U.S. in the coming months.
  • The company has continued to aggressively hire new employees amid a broader economic downturn due to the coronavirus crisis.
  • Amazon has already grown its global headcount 34% so far this year.

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the U.S. jobs market, spurring layoffs, hiring slowdowns and record unemployment rates, but Amazon’s latest hiring announcement tells a different story.

Amazon said Wednesday it’s looking to fill 33,000 corporate and technology jobs over the next few months, plus thousands of hourly roles in its operations network. An Amazon spokesperson said the corporate and technology jobs will be located across the country, not just in major cities. The technology jobs will support Amazon’s cloud-computing, Alexa and Prime Video teams, among others.

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