Amazon said Monday it will hire another 100,000 workers to meet surging demand in the covid-era, bolstering an already dramatic expansion of its workforce this year and underscoring the massive shifts in online spending the pandemic has helped drive.
The latest hiring drive, which will include full- and part-time jobs, is the fourth largest campaign the Seattle-based retail giant has announced this year and add up to 308,000 jobs. By comparison, Amazon said it employed 798,000 Americans at the end of 2019. (Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)
Amazon’s growth stands in stark contrast to what is playing out in the larger retail sector, which has seen more than a dozen large retailers file for bankruptcy since the pandemic started six months ago, ushering in a recession and historically high unemployment. Several well-known brands, including Lord & Taylor, Modell’s, Stage Stores and New York & Co., are shuttering all their stores. Those that survive will be leaner: The Gap announced plans to close 200 locations, while Ascena Retail Group — the parent company of Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant and Justice — is closing nearly 1,600 stores while in bankruptcy. Overall, a record 25,000 stores are expected to disappear this year, according to Coresight Research.