Online retailing giant Amazon has urged US workers who’ve lost jobs because of the coronavirus slowdown to apply for as many as 75,000 jobs it is offering.
The company also said it would ease its temporary curbs on non-essential goods being sold on its platforms.
Last month, Amazon took on 100,000 extra US staff to fill priority online orders for food and medical equipment for existing customers.
But it still has a waiting list for new customers.
Amazon said it would now allow more non-essential items from third-party sellers, who make up the majority of sales on its site.
“Products will be limited by quantity to enable us to continue prioritising products and protecting employees, while also ensuring most selling partners can ship goods into our facilities,” Amazon said in a statement to the Financial Times.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a BBC request for comment.
Millions of Americans have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus lockdowns, with more than 16 million submitting unemployment claims.
On its blog about its response to the coronavirus, Amazon said that the fresh hires – all warehouse roles – could tide over workers in sectors such as hospitality, restaurants, and travel.
“We welcome anyone out of work to join us at Amazon until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back,” it said.