Amazon held a massive hiring event yesterday, hoping to make on-the-spot job offers that would help the company fill 50,000 positions, in a much-publicized event the company called Amazon Jobs Day.
But while lines were long at many company facilities, only 20,000 people ended up putting in applications, less than half of what was expected.
Here’s the company’s full statement last night, from John Olsen, Vice President of Amazon’s Worldwide Operations Human Resources:
“We are very pleased with the results from Amazon Jobs Day. A record-breaking 20,000 applications were received on this day alone with thousands of job offers extended to candidates and more to come in the next few days. We continue to process candidates at events across the country and expect that to continue over the coming days. We’re excited to welcome these new employees to the Amazon team!”
Amazon pledged earlier this year to hire 130,000 people by the middle of 2018, which would bring its total workforce at about 300,000. Read more here.