Amazon to hire 8,700 additional workers in N.J.

An Amazon facility. (File photo)

Amazon, already the largest private employer in the state, announced Tuesday morning that it is hiring an additional 8,700 workers.

The jobs will be available in approximately 40 cities and towns across the state. (Click here to see the jobs and apply.)

Amazon, which will open its 17th fulfillment center in the state later this fall in Carneys Point in Salem County, has approximately two dozen delivery stations here, as well.

With the latest round of hiring, the company will surpass 50,000 employees in the state.

The jobs, which will be in fulfillment and transportation, offer an average starting wage of more than $18 per hour — and up to $22.50 per hour in some locations. The company also provides full-time employees with comprehensive benefits from Day One.

Dave Clark, CEO worldwide consumer at Amazon, said the company welcomes everyone.

“We are proud to offer opportunities for people from a range of backgrounds, from furloughed workers to former military personnel,” he said. “We take our responsibility as an employer seriously and want our employees to succeed and thrive. That’s why we offer an average starting wage of more than $18 per hour, provide a great range of comprehensive benefits — including health care coverage, parental leave, career training and ways to save for the future — and have a team of thousands working to build a safe and inclusive work environment.

“Whether you’re looking for a short-term job to make money for the holidays, or a long-term career, you’re welcome here.”

To help job seekers around the country, Amazon is hosting a Career Day on Wednesday and Thursday. The virtual event, billed as the country’s biggest recruiting event, will offer 20,000 individual career-coaching sessions with Amazon recruiters to help participants land their next job, as well as thousands of additional sessions for Amazon employees looking to transition to higher-paying roles within the company or elsewhere.

Register for the event here.