IncSmart Maryland (Small Business and Startups) - On August 2 Amazon will hold a nationwide job fair in 12 cities called the Amazon Jobs Day. They plan on hiring over 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months. In Baltimore alone, Amazon will hire 1200 new employees. Amazon hopes to capitalize on the increasing number of jobless retail workers. The retail workers have been laid off as malls begin to close. The Baltimore facility is the former General Motors plant in Southeast Baltimore. The job fair could help cut Baltimore's high unemployment.
The Amazon's facility is at 2010 Broening Highway, Baltimore. The Maryland fulfillment and sorting centers is a 1million square foot distribution warehouse, next to a smaller center and the opening a third center in Cecil County with 700 employees. Amazon is offering $13-14 an hour for a full-time warehouse positions in Baltimore. Baltimore unemployment rate is at 6.50%, compared to 6.00% last month and 7.90% last year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the national unemployment numbers for June 2016. The national unemployment Rate is 4.9 %, up from 4.7% for May.
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