Amazon will make tens of thousands of job offers on the spot next week, including some at two Ohio warehouses.
The offers are part of a nationwide, one-day job fair the online retailer is hosting in an effort to fill nearly 40,000 full-time positions and 10,000 part-time jobs, according to Amazon. People offered jobs on the spot will pack or sort boxes and help ship them to customers, the Associated Press reports.
In Ohio, Amazon will be offering jobs at two facilities near Columbus.
The “jobs day” is set for Aug. 2 and will take place at Amazon’s Etna, Ohio location at 11903 National Road Southwest, about 35 minutes east of Columbus. Amazon will be hiring for positions at its Etna warehouse and its Obetz warehouse, which is located about 20 minutes south of Columbus.
The hiring at Amazon’s Ohio facilities comes months after the online retailer announced it would add an air cargo hub at the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport. Amazon planned to invest more than $1 billion into the new hub while hiring 2,700 people at the airport.
The giant job fair is another sign of Amazon’s growth as traditional retailers are closing stores and cutting jobs. The positions will count toward Amazon’s previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time employees by the middle of 2018.
It’s also a way for Amazon to lock in employees before the start of the busy holiday shopping season, when other retailers look to hire seasonal workers, the Associated Press reports. Retailers are facing a tighter job market; the nation’s unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, near a 16-year low.
Amazon’s stock increased $10.03, or 1 percent, to $1049.90 in early afternoon trading Wednesday, after Amazon announced its plans, according to the AP.