CLEVELAND — As the number of Ohioans who are unemployed continues to grow, Amazon is ramping up hiring across the state to meet the demand of delivery services caused by COVID-19, according to Andre Woodson, a spokesperson for Amazon.
"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," Amazon said in a statement.
The online retailer announced it would be adding 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. to meet operational needs, with 4,600 of those jobs being filled at Amazon facilities around the state, according to Amazon.
Under Gov. Mike DeWine's stay-at-home order, delivery and shipping services remain essential.
In response to COVID-19, Amazon said it made the decision to temporarily prioritize household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products doming into its fulfillment centers so it can quickly receive, restock and ship the items to customers.
"We also 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. We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back," a spokesperson for Amazon said on its "Day One" blog.
Woodson did not specify which fulfillment centers in Ohio would be adding positions. Anyone interested in job with Amazon can apply here.
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