Interested candidates can learn more about the positions and apply at www.amazon.com/apply.
Full-time employees receive health, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) with 50% company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave and access to college tuition assistance. Workers at Amazon’s fulfillment centers show up for 10-hour shifts with two 30-minute breaks, one paid and one unpaid.
National and local news outlets have reported extensively on work conditions at Amazon’s facilities, interviewing workers who cite unsafe and stressful environments. Workers at several U.S. facilities have protested against the online retail giant over the past few years, and efforts to unionize have failed.
Earlier this month, the federal government stopped paying enhanced jobless benefits to laid-off workers around the nation. In June, Georgia cut off federal benefits to unemployed individuals in the state, which Gov. Brian Kemp has argued would convince people to reenter the workforce.
Companies across the nation have struggled to hire new workers during the pandemic, as some workers worried about their health, struggled to find adequate childcare or avoided low-paying jobs.
The number of jobless claims processed by Georgia’s Department of Labor has steadily declined in 2021, though still remaining higher than pre-pandemic levels. In August, the number of claims averaged 10,385 compared to an April average of 33,288, according to the U.S. Employment and Training Administration.
Forman believes Amazon’s benefit package and starting pay attracts workers to its facilities. “The benefits are the benefit,” she said.
AJC staff writer Michael Kanell contributed to this report.