Amazon: We're hiring 7,000 new workers in the U.S.

The company says that it's planning to create 5,000 more jobs for fulfillment centers around the country, and also has already started hiring 2,000 new customer service employees.

Amazon is looking to hire thousands of new workers.

The e-commerce potentate announced Monday that it plans to hire over 5,000 new workers in the U.S. to work in its fulfillment centers, handling and processing customer orders. It's already in the process of hiring 2,000 new workers in addition to that figure for its customer service network.

According to Amazon, all of the fulfillment jobs are full-time, and it claims to pay its employees in those facilities 30 percent more than what they'd make in traditional retail stores. The compensation package for fulfillment center workers includes benefits, stock awards, and bonuses, the company says.

The jobs for the customer service network include a mix of full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.

The timing of Amazon's announcement is by no means random. President Obama will be visiting an Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday to discuss jobs.

Amazon, which currently employs 20,000 people in its fulfillment centers around the U.S., is hiring now.

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