This month, as online shopping surged in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, Amazon announced that it would hire 100,000 new workers and raise the pay of its current delivery workforce. Amazon is far from alone. Across the country, in industries ranging from delivery services to grocery stores, from pharmacies and makers of medical products to online-learning companies and cleaning services, businesses are scrambling for workers.
As America changes rapidly in response to the pandemic, this hiring spree offers a glimmer of hope to those looking to get back to work as soon as possible.
State job portals that compile and advertise these rapidly emerging positions open a window onto the extent of this hiring. The New Jersey Department of Labor has launched a site listing jobs at companies expanding their workforces. In the Garden State, where Amazon has 14 facilities, the online retail giant is looking to add 3,400 new workers to the 800,000 people it already employs in the United States.
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