Amazon (AMZN) will hire more than 12,500 temporary workers for its U.S. fulfillment centers during the holiday season as the world's largest online retailer gears up for its busiest time of year.

Amazon.com will add 4,000 people in to its operations in Pennsylvania, more than 2,500 in Indiana, and 2,000 in Kentucky, the company said in separate statements Friday. Amazon.com will also hire thousands of workers in both Arizona and Nevada.

The retail giant is gearing up for more consumers to use the Internet for gift purchases. In October, Amazon forecast fourth-quarter sales of as much as $13.3 billion, which would be up 40% from a year earlier and 76% more than its third-quarter sales.

The company is counting on the U.S. economy showing some signs of recovery as consumers approach the holiday season. U.S. consumer spending in October increased about 7% from September, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. Meanwhile, U.S. gross domestic product grew 2% during the third quarter while consumer spending increased at its fastest pace in almost four years.

Amazon's third-quarter profit rose 16% as the world's largest online retailer as sales of electronics products such as its Kindle electronic reader surged. Revenue jumped 39% from a year earlier to $7.56 billion.


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chelley62

Why anyone would buy from Amazon any longer baffles me. They don't care about children or they would never sell Pedophile related items like Guides and Boy Love books. Stop enabling criminals Amazon.... I hope your sales are in the toilet this year- right where your CEO and Board members belong for making such horrible bookselling decisions.

November 13 2010 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jimlattp

Why the libs don't have any money and anyone with a brain won;t shop on the net.

November 13 2010 at 10:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

I hope they take the fixtures, the copper pipe, and anything of resale value including the porclain from the restrooms in order to reinburse the taxpayers by helping the economy

November 13 2010 at 7:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

It's retail that pays low wages whether Online or at the stores. They treat you like crap an force taxpayers to pay for sec 8. The people should riot and shop lift the hell out of these low wage stores to teach them a lesson !

November 13 2010 at 7:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Screw Amazon this board is for any topic!

November 13 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

For those that needed the extra time to qualify for UE it's going to be hard since the jobs are mostly part time and low wage. They will probably let most people go the first week or second week of December. Hey they are cutting the hours of their own permanent staff hows temp hiring going to help the economy? Bingo!

November 13 2010 at 7:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Gary

Apparently the pedophile site is needing more coverage!

November 13 2010 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lonecent

I am happy for all the people getting jobs, but Amazon will be doing without my busniness. I cannot forget the initial lame response to the outcry about the Pedophile Handbook. Since they seem to have no sympathy for the indignation of anyone who finds the book offenseive (rather, they reacted to the finiancial threat of boycott), I do not feel comfortable doing business with them. I do not wish them ill; I just no longer want to be associated in any way with them.

November 13 2010 at 2:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cartra

WOW SIGN ME UP, OH WAIT DID YOU SAY TEMPORARY!

November 13 2010 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mccoy

Temp jobs are not going to help America.

November 13 2010 at 1:51 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply