(TNS) — Amazon announced plans Monday to hire more than 4,000 workers in metro Atlanta, increasing its workforce in Georgia by nearly half, part of a rising tide of jobs among online, logistics and shipping companies.
The local hiring spurt by the e-commerce giant — part of 100,000 new positions it plans to fill nationally — is a welcome injection into a Georgia economy that has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and is struggling to regain its footing.
It also underscores one part of the U.S. economy that is humming: shipping packages to homes as health fears about COVID-19 accelerate the migration of consumers from brick-and-mortar stores to online purchases.
The 4,000 new jobs include 1,000 previously announced positions at a newly built distribution center in Stone Mountain. Amazon currently has more than 10,500 workers in Georgia.
Hiring has already begun for