Amazon adding thousands of Michigan jobs

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Amazon is looking to fill 5,000 transportation and logistics jobs across its Michigan operations as part of a national initiative to hire 125,000 employees in hundreds of cities and towns across the country.

The e-commerce giant also said last week it will offer free fully paid college tuition for the first time as part of a $1.2 billion investment in Amazon’s Career Choice Program. This comes in addition to the company’s average starting wage of $18 per hour nationally, benefits starting day one worth an additional $3.50 per hour and a $3,000 signing bonus in select locations. Amazon also is offering more training programs, a 401(k) with a 50% company match and up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave.

“We are proud to offer opportunities for people from a range of backgrounds, from furloughed workers to former military personnel,” said Dave Clark, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon. “We take our responsibility as an employer seriously and want our employees to succeed and thrive. … (We) have a team of thousands working to build a safe and inclusive work environment. Whether you’re looking for a short-term job to make money for the holidays or a long-term career, you’re welcome here, and we look forward to having you on our team.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Amazon has promoted 1 in 10 hourly employees who have been with the company six months or longer and has created more than 450,000 jobs in the U.S. The company said it is looking to unlock opportunity and help revitalize cities and neighborhoods across the country.

This week’s hiring announcement comes after Amazon opened applications for 40,000 corporate and technology jobs earlier this month. In 2021, Amazon opened 250 new fulfillment centers, sortation centers, regional air hubs and delivery stations, and it plans to open 100 additional buildings across the country in September.

Amazon also is promoting small and medium-sized business growth by working with 2,500 Delivery Service Partners that now plan to hire more than 50,000 delivery associates by the end of the year. The company anticipates tens of thousands of additional jobs will be created for small to medium-sized businesses.

Those interested in applying for the new transportation and logistics positions in Michigan should visit amazon.com/apply. Individuals interested in working with Amazon Delivery Service Partners can learn more here.

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