Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)  plans to hire more than 120,000 temporary workers this holiday season at its network of fulfillment centers, sorting centers and customer service sites to help with the rush that comes during the busiest time of the year for retail and shopping.

The positions will be temporary at first, but Amazon said that it hired thousands of its holiday season workers into full-time positions last year and expects to do the same this year. The new hires will join Amazon's existing fulfillment center workforce of more than 125,000.

As part of the holiday rush, the 120,000 temporary hires will pick, pack and ship customers' orders at one of Amazon's more than 75 fulfillment centers. The positions are available in 33 states across the U.S.

Amazon stock traded up 0.13% to $996.27 in premarket trading on Thursday, Oct. 12.

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