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Amazon, in sign of growth, holds job fair for US warehouses

The logo of US online retail giant Amazon is displayed on the Brieselang logistics center, west of Berlin on November 11, 2014. The center is one of nine in Germany. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

FALL RIVER, Mass.  — Amazon is holding a giant job fair and plans to make thousands of job offers on the spot at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.

Wednesday’s hiring spree is a sign of Amazon’s growth at a time traditional retailers are closing stores and cutting jobs.

Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 packing, sorting and shipping jobs will be full time; most of them will count toward Amazon’s previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year.

The event is taking place at Amazon shipping sites around the country.

One labor expert, Anthony Carnevale at Georgetown University, says more people are likely to lose jobs in brick-and-mortar stores than get jobs in Amazon warehouses. But he says Amazon’s warehouse jobs provide good wages and could help build skills.