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Amazon to increase workforce with 5,000 new jobs

Amazon to increase workforce with 5,000 new jobs

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Jul 29, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Amazon, a technology company known for its shopping search engine, is becoming an even greater engine for jobs.

Amazon will announce plans Monday to add 5,000 full-time employees to its growing workforce. These workers will pack and ship orders from Amazon's 13 domestic distribution centers, including one in Phoenix. 

The full-time warehouse jobs come with health and retirement benefits. 

The 5 thousand new jobs equal a 25 percent increase to Amazon's warehouse workforce. 

Amazon is also looking to fill 2,000 customer service jobs and work from home positions, some of which are available here in Arizona.

Attempts to keep up with growing consumer demands have been costly to Amazon in the short term. Revenue went up in the second quarter, but the tech giant reported it still lost money.  

This latest tech company to tout job growth at home is earning the president's praise. President Obama will speak about creating middle-class jobs Tuesday at Amazon's fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Justin Schecker

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.