Amazon to hire 6,900 workers in New Jersey as online shopping booms

COVID-19 has created demand for more workers at Amazon as the pandemic changes shopping habits. The online retailer says it will hire more than 100,000 workers in the United States and Canada, including 6,900 in New Jersey. The jobs available are in fulfillment, shipping, security, human resources and information technology. All new workers in New Jersey will receive a $250 sign-on bonus.

State officials recently announced their intention to expand the development of offshore wind farms off the coast, with the promise of creating thousands of clean energy jobs. But according to NJ Spotlight, some lawmakers and others are expressing concerns that the promised jobs have been slow in coming.

There’s been some deal making in New Jersey’s pharmaceutical industry. Gilead Sciences is acquiring Morris Plains-based Immunomedics for $21 billion. Immunomedics makes a breast cancer drug. And Kenilworth-based Merck is investing $1 billion in Seattle Genetics, which is also developing a breast cancer treatment. Separately, Merck has also now begun human testing for its COVID-19 vaccine.