Amazon hiring a total of 120K workers in these states

Amazon (AMZN) plans to add more than 120,000 workers for the busy holiday shopping season. 

The e-commerce giant said Thursday it will hire to fill positions in its fulfillment centers, sorting facilities and customer service sites. While many of the jobs will temporary, some of those hired will be offered permanent positions.

Amazon has been on a hiring spree this year. In August, it held a one-day job fair aimed at bringing aboard as many as 50,000 workers

Total holiday sales this year are expected to hit $1 trillion, including $114 billion in online shopping, according to Deloitte.

Large retailers and shipping firms often staff up at this time of year to help handle an expected surge in business. 

Among the companies hiring for the holidays are Target (TGT), which said in September it would add 100,000 workers; Macy's (M), which plans to hire 80,000 temps; and FedEx (FDX) and UPS (UPS), which recently said they would add a total of 145,000 employees.

Daniel Culbertson, an economist with career-services firm Indeed, expects brisk hiring for the holidays, noting that employers started gearing up their recruiting efforts early this year right after the Labor Day weekend.

Where the jobs are

Following is a list of states were Amazon said is hiring:

  • Alabama    
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
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