Amazon.com Inc. and The Home Depot Inc., both giants in their respective retail fields, are heralding the arrival of spring with major hiring surges.

E-commerce king Amazon said it will take on more than 2,500 full-time workers in several states as the company’s stable of fulfillment centers expands.

The employees will be hired to pick, pack and ship customer orders at facilities in Virginia, Kansas, South Carolina, Washington and Tennessee.

The online retailer said it hired more than 20,000 fulfillment center workers last year and that the median pay at the sites is 30% higher than the pay at traditional retail jobs.


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Amazon has plans to open its fourth California fulfillment center in Moreno Valley sometime this year. The 12-million-square-foot facility is to be staffed with more than 1,000 full-time workers.

Home Depot said Wednesday that it will ramp up hiring, bringing more than 80,000 spring workers on board for its busiest selling season. The home improvement retailer will likely benefit from the effect of rising property values and warmer weather as homeowners spruce up their residences.

The company encouraged college students, retirees, veterans and military reservists to apply for the open positions. Home Depot already has more than 300,000 employees at its more than 2,260 stores.

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