Amazon Philadelphia Hiring Spree: ‘Thousands’ of Jobs Planned for the Region

The company, which has been criticized for problems in the workplace, promises an average of $ 18 an hour plus benefits.

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Amazon will announce plans to add “several thousand” full and part-time jobs to Philadelphia and the surrounding region at a news conference Tuesday morning, according to planning documents obtained by Billy Penn.

The e-commerce giant is touting the additions as “life-sustaining jobs,” which will pay an average of $ 18 an hour, in addition to offering health care, paid leave and other benefits.

Local officials are expected to join a press conference Tuesday morning to announce the investment.

While Philadelphia lost a hotly contested offer For Amazon’s second headquarters, the company’s presence in the region has continued to expand steadily. Amazon leases more than 50 department stores in the region, and earlier this month it purchased its first physical office building in King of Prussia for $ 26.5 million, The Inquirer reported.

The company already employs more than 25,000 people in Pennsylvania, with legions of workers concentrated in a logistics center in the southeast corner of the state.

As Amazon’s growth accelerated during the pandemic, so did its criticism. Workers have criticized the company for issues such as wages and working conditions. Last year, a Philadelphia-area woman who claimed she was fired for speaking out against her employer took the case to the National Labor Relations Board. Organizing efforts in parts of the US, although unsuccessful to date, become a flash point to the company.

The addition of thousands more jobs would come as the pandemic continues to weaken the city’s economy.

Philadelphia unemployment stood at 9.4% in July, which is much lower than the unemployment rate of nearly 20% in Philadelphia a year earlier, but higher than the national average of 5.4%According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Before COVID, in February 2020, Philadelphia’s rate was around 6%.

Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council members, and state senators and representatives will join Amazon representatives in unveiling details around 10:30 a.m. in the Philadelphia City Hall courtyard.

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