NEWARK, NJ — Job seekers in Newark and the surrounding area have a few more options as of Monday — more than 6,000, to be exact, in light of Amazon’s North American hiring expansion. 

The e-commerce company announced it’s adding 100,000 new full and part-time jobs across its operations  in the United States and Canada, meaning sites in New Jersey will be adding to more than 6,000 jobs.

In Essex County, unemployment surged to more than 20 percent in July due to COVID-19’s economic fallout. Officials at Amazon said they hope to better serve customers in the communities where they live and will provide a starting wage of at least $15 an hour plus benefits. 

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“New Jersey has been an incredible state for us to grow and to invest, so we’re incredibly proud to have created a total of 34,000 full- and part-time jobs already. This announcement today really supports our overall Amazon operations fulfillment network,” said Racheal Lighty, an Amazon spokesperson. 

Certain locations will also offer a $250 or $500 sign-on bonus — across the state, Amazon has 14 fulfillment and sortation centers, three delivery stations, 21 Whole Foods Market locations and an Amazon Hub Locker location, according to Lighty. In 2020 alone, 75 fulfillment, delivery and sortation centers have opened across North America. 

Amazon’s position as an online retailer has also bolstered e-commerce for thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses in New Jersey, Lighty said. 

“Amazon is incredibly proud to call New Jersey home,” she said. “We’ve been investing in the state for more than a decade, so while we talk a lot about job creation and being able to get important items out to customers as they need them throughout the pandemic and every day, we also support more than 49,000 small and medium-sized business across New Jersey who can continue to keep their virtual doors open despite this difficult time.”

The company is hiring across the spectrum, from packing customer orders to shipping and logistics. Lighty said the company’s greatest need is in its fulfillment centers, where employees pack and ship customer orders. Interested candidates can check out available positions at amazon.com/jobs.