Amazon is hiring 25,000 people to work in its shipping plants part-time.
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Amazon is hiring.

The online shopping giant announced Thursday that it will add 30,000 part-time jobs in the United States this year, nearly doubling its current part-time workforce of 40,000.

Of the new jobs, 5,000 will be work-from-home customer service gigs and the other 25,000 floor positions at various warehouses.

Amazon previously said it would hire 100,000 more full-time employees on the eve of the presidential inauguration, a move for which Donald Trump was quick to take credit.

Analysts speculated at the time that the announcement was timed as a bid to mend fences between Trump and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, though the plans had no doubt been in the pipeline since before Trump was elected.

The two billionaires took shots at each other throughout the election, mostly over news stories in the Bezos-owned Washington Post.

Jeff Bezos is hiring.

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As of Thursday afternoon, the president’s Twitter timeline had yet to mention Amazon’s latest hiring news, though he recently touted Sprint’s claim that it hired 5,000 more workers.

The move comes as Amazon looks to expand its shipping coverage with big investments in new shipping centers and infrastructure.

Amazon offers its part-time employees who work more than 20 hours per week certain benefits, including tuition money for courses in “high-demand” fields.

All told, the new jobs would brings Amazon’s total workforce in the United States to 350,000.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/04/06/amazon-new-part-time-jobs/

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