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Jeff Bezos Announces He Wants to Hire 100,000 People Who Have Lost Their Jobs

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By Zachary Holt

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, countless people have lost their jobs due to business closures, leaving former employees vulnerable and unable to pay bills or provide for their families. While the government is fighting to get stimulus checks to citizens as a measure to ease the burden, the notion seems to be stalling between the two chambers, with partisan arguments abounding. Well, Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos is trying to do his part. The billionaire recently announced that he would be hiring 100,000 people who had lost their jobs amid the outbreak.

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Bezos Explains He Wants to Hire People Who Have Been Laid-Off From Outbreak

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"At the same time, other businesses like restaurants and bars are being forced to shut their doors," Bezos said in an Instagram post on Saturday night. "We hope people who’ve been laid off will come work with us until they’re able to go back to the jobs they had… my own time and thinking is now wholly focused on COVID-19 and on how Amazon can best play its role."

"I want you to know Amazon will continue to do its part, and we won’t stop looking for new opportunities to help," Bezos concluded in his Instagram post. This move by the billionaire may help more than just the new hires, though.

The Hiring Will Benefit More Than Just the New Employees at Amazon

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It will also help people who need essential items that have been sold out, elsewhere. Orders on Amazon have been going through the roof as a result of the shortages in brick and mortar stores. By employing more people, a larger number of orders can be fulfilled, including items such as vital household goods and dry pantry items.

Bezos' post to Amazon employees also focused on the importance of being able to deliver some of the more pressing items, especially as it pertains to the elderly and the most vulnerable people.

'This Isn't Business as Usual, and It's a Time of Great Stress and Uncertainty'

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"This isn't business as usual, and it's a time of great stress and uncertainty. It's also a moment in time when the work we're doing is most critical," his statement to the Amazon employees began.

"We've changed our logistics, transportation, supply chain, purchasing, and third party seller processes to prioritize stocking and delivering essential items like household staples, sanitizers, baby formula, and medical supplies. We're providing a vital service to people everywhere, especially to those, like the elderly, who are most vulnerable. People are depending on us."

"I'm not alone in being grateful for the work you are doing. I have received hundreds of emails from customers and seen posts on social media thanking you all," the Amazon founder continued.

Amazon Announces the Creation of a $25 Million Driver Relief Fund

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Amazon had previously announced that they would be providing a $25 million relief fund for delivery drivers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This funding is applicable to Amazon delivery drivers, Flex drivers and its network of delivery service partners, and the seasonal workers that help ensure packages are delivered during the peak times of the year. Amazon also enunciated that the health of their employees is of primary concern. "The health and safety of our employees and contractors around the world continues to be our top priority as we face the challenges associated with COVID-19," they said in a statement.

"Leaders across Amazon are meeting every day to consider the evolving situation and are consulting with medical experts to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our teams healthy."

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