Help wanted: Amazon goes on hiring binge for 2016 holiday season

Up 20% from last year.

Online retailing giant Amazon will hire 120,000 seasonal workers to meet an expected spike in demand as more people turn to the Internet for their shopping needs. The seasonal positions will be created at fulfillment centers, sorting centers and customer service sites in 27 states. The National Retail Federation, based in Washington, D.C., is forecasting that holiday sales for the November and December period will rise 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion, much better than the 3 percent growth seen a year ago. Online shopping is expected to rise 7 to 10 percent over last year to as much as $117 billion.

We're hiring more than 120,000 seasonal Amazonians this holiday season! Be the one behind the smile.

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At the end of July, the company said, it had 123 distribution centers globally and more than 23 sorting centers, with plans to add 21 new global fulfillment centers by the end of September. At the same point in 2015, it had added only 10. Last year, the company said it transitioned 14,000 seasonal positions to regular, full-time jobs, and it expects to boost that figure this year.

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Amazon's move this holiday season marks a 20 percent boost from the 100,000 seasonal hires a year ago., Inc.( or), often referred to as simply Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington.