Coronavirus has Amazon pushing to hire 100,000 new employees, but how many jobs could come to NC


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Amazon has begun a push to hire 100,000 more employees as online shopping is starting to overwhelm its delivery services.

Will North Carolina see any of these jobs?

Online shopping has become a lifeline for people who are quarantined during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Amazon needs more people to maintain delivery options.

“With a lot of companies facing layoffs, closures, or at least furloughing employees, we are in a unique situation where we can hire people,” Amazon Vice President Jeff Carney said on CBS This Morning.

To apply for the jobs, Amazon said to go to its employment website and choose a state to see what’s available.

However, in North Carolina, Consumer Investigator Steve Sbraccia was only able to find three jobs open — each a warehouse team member in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Durham. Sbraccia emailed Amazon to ask about the increased hiring, Amazon company spokesperson said: “we will be hiring more than 2,000 people in North Carolina to serve our customers and meet demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time.”

Norman also said the company offers mobile alerts for jobs. Sign up for them by texting “AMAZON” to 77088.

Prospective employees are wondering what Amazon will do to keep employees safe.

“We’re deep cleaning our facilities,” Carney said. “We’re ensuring that we reduce or eliminate the amount of time our associates congregate together in meetings.”

All touchscreens are wiped down repeatedly throughout the day, as well, Carney said. he added that, for the time being, Amazon is prioritizing deliveries so that essential household goods like cleaning items, medical supplies, and similar items are being shipped faster than other items.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization said there’s no evidence of transmission of the virus from packages that are shipped. Amazon said worried customers can take precautions like wiping down packages when they’re received.

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