Amazon hosted the nation’s largest job fair on Wednesday at 12 different locations across the country. The behemoth tech company was looking to fill more than 50,000 full and part-time jobs, mostly at the company’s fulfillment centers.
Nearly 40,000 of packing, sorting and shipping jobs at Amazon were full-time and most will count toward Amazon’s previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year.
The company is advertising starting wages that range from US $11.50 an hour in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to US $13.75 an hour in Kent, Washington, near Amazon’s Seattle headquarters.
In Washington State, the current minimum wage is US $11.50, but by 2020 this will increase to US $13.50.
Amazon was also hoping to hire software engineers, data scientists, and customer service workers.