Amazon and UPS to each hire 100,000 workers for seasonal surge

E-commerce giant to add 4,700 workers at fulfillment centers across Tennessee, including Chattanooga and Charleston

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Amazon's CHA1 fulfillment center is seen on June 25, 2020.

Amazon and UPS announced plans this week to each fill 100,000 seasonal job openings at their companies as the shipping and e-commerce giants ramp up for the holiday shopping season.

In trying to fill the seasonal jobs, both companies are emphasizing the career opportunities that can grow from seasonal jobs.

Amazon, which plans to add 4,700 seasonal workers at its fulfillment centers across Tennessee, including centers in Chattanooga and Charleston, touted more than 35,000 promotions among its operations workers so far in 2020, many of whom started in seasonal positions. Some 30,000 employees have taken classes through the company's Career Choice program for new careers in commercial trucking, IT security, nursing and aircraft maintenance.

Amazon's 2020 seasonal hiring will be about half the 200,000 workers the company hired in anticipation of 2019's holiday peak, but more in line with seasonal hiring levels from 2015-18.