Amazon leaders are adding a total of 7,000 jobs nationwide, some of which will be in Chattanooga.
“We’re hiring for approximately a dozen management and IT positions here in Chattanooga, as well as converting dozens of seasonal employees into full-time roles every month,” Amazon spokesman Ty Rogers said via email. “We’ve converted hundreds of seasonal employees into full-time roles so far this year.”
Fulfillment network jobs are currently available in:
San Antonio, Texas
San Bernardino, Calif.
Customer service jobs are currently available in:
Grand Forks, N.D.
The company is creating 5,000 new full-time jobs in fulfillment centers across the United States to meet increasing customer demand, according to a news release from the company.
Leaders are also hiring more than 2,000 customer service positions, which will be a mixture of full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.
The announcement comes a day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at Chattanooga’s Amazon fulfillment center, which employees about 1,800 people.
The Scenic/Gig City will be the location of the first in a series of economic policy speeches aimed at a “better bargain” for the middle class.
His speech will focus on manufacturing and high-wage jobs, White House leaders said.
Obama will also discuss proposals to jumpstart private-sector job growth and make the country more competitive, as well as talk about new ideas to create jobs across the country.
Chattanooga’s distribution center is one of more than 40 fulfillment centers in the U.S. where Amazon employs more than 20,000 full-time employees.
Centers in Chattanooga and Cleveland have created thousands of local jobs.
Ron Harr, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, said that Amazon has been an important economic asset to the area.
“Amazon fulfillment services have proved an extraordinary partner for both Chattanooga and the state of Tennessee,” he said in a prepared statement. “This is their second expansion announcement since we worked with our partners at Hamilton County, the city of Chattanooga and the state of Tennessee to recruit them less than three years ago.”
The new full-time Amazon jobs will come to 17 cities in 10 states across the country.
Chattanooga and Murfreesboro centers will add positions.
Four states, not including Tennessee, will see customer service jobs added.
“We’re hiring more than 5,000 people to join our team and help us continue to innovate and serve our customers,” Dave Clark, vice president of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon, said in a prepared statement. “We’re focused on sustained innovation across Amazon and want to help our employees succeed-whether at Amazon or elsewhere.”