According to Amazon, they're opening more than 3,200 jobs in Metro Detroit alone which start at $17 per hour, offers health insurance, and sign-on bonuses of up to $1,000. Additionally, the company is offering a $100 benefit to any new hire is vaccinated for COVID-19 before starting at the company.
The hiring spree comes as the company gears up for Prime Day next month, its popular sales event that has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year for Amazon.
Amazon didn't say if it is having trouble finding workers, but other companies have said they are as Americans start heading out again. There are many reasons for the worker shortage: Some are fearful they'll get sick with coronavirus; others have child care issues and need to stay home to watch their children; and some businesses don't pay enough to go beyond the extra $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit.
McDonald's, Chipotle and other companies have announced pay hikes to try and lure workers back. Amazon said it will offer a $1,000 sign-on bonus to new hires in many parts of the country.
The company is hiring in 13 other states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Last year alone, Amazon hired 500,000 people to keep up with a surge of orders during the pandemic as more people stayed home and shopped online.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.