NEWARK - Amazon recently announced it has hired more than 80,000 employees across the U.S. to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public. This includes nearly 6,000 new employees in New Jersey. 

The news comes as an update from the company’s March 16 announcement to hire 100,000 new full- and part-time positions across the U.S. The company recently announced it is adding 75,000 additional new roles across the country, including more than 5,600 in New Jersey.

The new hires in New Jersey fill a range of roles, including picking, packing, and shipping customer orders and delivering packages from delivery stations to meet the needs of the COVID-19 demand surge.

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Many were impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19 and come from a variety of fields and life situations, including restaurant cooks, bartenders and servers, flight attendants, teachers, business owners, personal trainers, valet drivers, rideshare drivers, retirees, part-time workers whose jobs are now on hold, and people “who just wanted to help out”.

A newly-hired Amazonian at the Robbinsville fulfillment center documented her first day on the job on March 31. In the video, Katie Smith explains that she recently lost her job at Boston Market. Now, she is part of the Robbinsville Amazon team. Smith's story is here: Katie Smith Amazon Video.