FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Amazon is holding a giant job fair and plans to make thousands of job offers on the spot at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.
Wednesday's hiring spree is a sign of Amazon's growth at a time traditional retailers are closing stores and cutting jobs.
Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 packing, sorting and shipping jobs will be full time; most of them will count toward Amazon's previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year.
The event is taking place at Amazon shipping sites around the country, though the company's Shakopee, Minnesota warehouse is not one of them. The Amazon website has a full list of job fair locations.
One labor expert, Anthony Carnevale at Georgetown University, says more people are likely to lose jobs in brick-and-mortar stores than get jobs in Amazon warehouses. But he says Amazon's warehouse jobs provide good wages and could help build skills.
While the Shakopee location isn't part of the job fair tours, the company is accepting online applications for that location.