SEATTLE, Wa. (CW69 News at 10) —

In an Amazon blog, officials released the following plans to add thousands of additional jobs as demand increases during the COVID-19 pandemic:

On March 16, we announced Amazon would make 100,000 full- and part-time hires across our Operations network to keep as many people as possible working during the coronavirus pandemic, and the company would invest over $350 million globally to increase pay for our teams during this crisis.

Today, we are proud to announce our original 100,000 jobs pledge is filled, and those new employees are working at sites across the U.S. We continue to see increased demand as our teams support their communities, and are going to continue to hire, creating an additional 75,000 jobs to help serve customers during this unprecedented time. Interested candidates can apply at www.amazon.com/jobsnow.

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 their past employer can bring them back.

We also continue to invest in pay increases and previously expected to spend $350 million to increase wages during this unprecedented time—we now expect that to be over $500 million.

We’ll continue to invest in safety, pay, and benefits for our teams who are playing an invaluable role in getting items to communities around the world, and you can read more about our safety efforts.

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