Amazon has already hired 100,000 people in the past four weeks as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the nation’s employment numbers. Now it’s increasing that number by 75,000.
The online retailer, on Monday, announced the additional jobs in a blog post.
“We know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis and we welcome anyone out of work to join us at Amazon until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back,” said Amazon.
Beyond the new positions, Amazon said it plans to spend an extra $150 million to increase salaries, bringing the total to $500 million. The company also committed to invest in safety procedures for its team.
The jobs are both full- and part-time positions. Candidates can apply at www.amazon.com/jobsnow.
Amazon has built an extensive list of coronavirus relief efforts since the outbreak, from new jobs to community programs to free services for consumers.
The company has not been immune to the virus, though. It reported its first confirmed case in early March and some workers walked off the job late last month to protest the company’s safety responses at fulfillment centers.