NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon will hire 1,400 full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees across Hampton Roads ahead of the holiday season.

These Hampton Roads employees will be among the 150,000 employees that are being hired by the company across the U.S.

The announcement, made Thursday, shows the e-commerce behemoth is taking a less conservative approach to its holiday planning than Walmart, which said last month it would hire 40,000 U.S. workers for the holidays, compared to 150,000 in 2021.

Amazon, which typically beefs up its operations during the holidays, was looking for the same number of seasonal employees last year.

Amazon said Thursday that workers can earn an average pay of $19 per hour, based on their position and location within the U.S.

It had announced last week it would raise its average pay for its frontline workers from $18 to $19 a hour, a move aimed at attracting more employees in a tight labor market. The company also said it would make changes so employees can get paid more frequently than once or twice a month.

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