Amazon will create 2,800 jobs in Dallas-Fort Worth this summer

Amazon is hiring 2,800 employees in Dallas-Fort Worth for the summer shopping season with an average starting salary of at least $17 an hour plus a sign-on bonus of up to $1,000.

It is also offering $100 to each new employee who comes to work already vaccinated against COVID-19. It has held on-site immunization events at its camps and conducted an internal free testing program at its 800 locations worldwide for much of the pandemic.

While Amazon referenced summer, it hasn’t set a date yet Prime Day, the popular sales event that has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year for the e-commerce giant. It has been speculated to return by July this year.

Last year Prime Day was pushed back to fall because the pandemic left Amazon just trying to keep up with demand from new and existing customers living in the homestay economy. Prime Day was pushed back to October 13-14, forcing an earlier start to the holiday shopping season.

The new positions are part of 75,000 full-time and part-time jobs Amazon says it will create nationwide. Labor shortages, including delivery drivers, were a complaint from employers as the economy opened up from the pandemic.

There are many reasons for the labor shortage: some are afraid of contracting the coronavirus; others have childcare issues and have to stay home to look after their children; and some companies aren’t paying enough to go beyond the additional $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit.

Amazon nearly doubled its employment in Texas to more than 72,000 last year. Interested parties can apply at amazon.com/apply.

The Seattle-based company, which employs more than 1.2 million people worldwide, is the second largest private employer in the US after retailer Walmart.

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