More than 100,000 U.S. veterans and military spouses will be hired by Amazon over the next three years, the e-retail giant announced July 13. It expects more than 16,000 of that number will be military spouses.
“Amazon is focused on recruiting and developing military talent with training programs specifically designed to help veterans transition into roles in the private sector,” said John Quintas, Amazon’s director of global military affairs.
The announcement comes as employers struggle to fill vacancies: Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers, mothers remain out of the workforce as they deal with a lack of child care, and resignations have hit a record high.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the unemployment rate for military spouses, according to Stars and Stripes, which reported that 40 percent of this population lost their jobs during the height of the pandemic. Military spouses, it reported, already faced an unemployment rate six times higher than the national average.
Many employers are stepping up to help—and fill open positions. In 2021, 500 employers committed to recruiting, hiring, promoting, and retaining military spouses by joining the U.S. Department of Labor’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership, according to the Military Times.
Amazon currently employs more than 40,000 veterans and military spouses, surpassing its 2016 Joining Forces pledge to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses by 2021, according to the company. Its affinity group, Warriors@Amazon, has more than 10,000 former service members and military spouses.