Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over the next 18 months

NEW YORK (AP) —  Amazon plans to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. over the next 18 months.

The online retailer said Thursday that the jobs are full time and come with benefits. Many of the new jobs will be at fulfillment centers currently being built in a number of states, including California, Florida and Texas. To search for Amazon’s job openings in Florida, click here.

The Seattle company says the new jobs will be filled by people of differing experiences and education levels.

Amazon.com Inc. says it’s expanded its U.S. workforce by more than 150,000 people in the last five years.

The hiring surge comes as traditional retailers cut jobs and close stores.

Last week, the Limited said it would close all its stores, while Macy’s moved forward with plans to close 68 stores and said it will cut more than 10,000 jobs.

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