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Amazon to Hire 100,000 Workers Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns

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Amazon.com Inc. plans to hire an additional 100,000 employees in the U.S. as millions of people turn to online deliveries at an unprecedented pace and Americans continue to reorient their lives to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

Amazon plans to deploy the new workers to fuel its sprawling e-commerce machine and is raising pay for all employees in fulfillment centers, transportation, stores and deliveries in the U.S. and Canada by $2 an hour through April.

As more Americans stay indoors to protect themselves from the coronavirus outbreak, they’re turning to e-commerce stores like Amazon to purchase groceries and household supplies. On Friday, Amazon told customers that they could experience delays in Prime shipments and that the company was running out of stock on some highly sought-after household staples.

“Getting a priority item to your doorstep is vital as communities practice social-distancing, particularly for the elderly and others with underlying health issues. We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a blog post on Monday.

Many of the restrictions are growing as the virus spreads. Officials from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have advised people to stay indoors and away from large groups of people to protect themselves from the disease.

States like New York and Ohio have closed down highly trafficked businesses like bars, restaurants, and movie theaters to mitigate the threat, leaving thousands of employees out of work and a paycheck for the next few weeks.

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