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Lots of companies bring in more workers during the busy holiday season. Amazon is doing it on a massive new level.

Amazon announced that it’s hiring more than 50,000 seasonal workers at its U.S distribution centers. That’s a huge amount even by Amazon’s standards – the company employs 69,100 full-time and part-time workers worldwide, excluding temporary personnel.

In a press release, Amazon says it currently employs more than 20,000 across 40 U.S. fulfillment centers. Doing a little math provides an interesting stat: Amazon has 49,100 employees not working in warehouses.

Dave Clark, vice president of Global Customer Fulfillment, says in the release that Amazon expects “thousands of temporary associates will stay on in full-time positions.”

Amazon says it pays its full-time, permanent employees 30 percent more than what traditional retail store employees earn. Full-timers can also enjoy stock grants, which over the past five years have added an average of 9 percent to base pay annually.

An Amazon rep tells GeekWire that the total number of seasonal workers has increased from last year, but declined to provide specific numbers.

In July, Amazon introduced the Amazon Career Choice Program, a tuition assistance effort designed to get warehouse workers trained in other fields like aircraft mechanics and machine tool technology.

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