- Associated Press - Friday, November 12, 2010

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon.com is hiring more than 15,500 people to fill temporary holiday jobs at shipping centers around the country, more than last year.

The online retail giant said Friday it will hire more than 5,000 people in Phoenix and Goodyear, Ariz., and 4,000 in Pennsylvania at locations including Allentown, Hazelton and Lewisberry.

In Indiana, it will hire more than 2,500 people in Whitestown and Plainfield, and in Hebron, Ky. and Fernley, Nev., it will hire more than 2,000 people at each location.

The Seattle company says it is hiring more people this year but didn’t say how much more.

Many retailers are increasing their hiring this season. Kohl’s Corp., Macy’s Inc., Toys R Us, Pier 1 Imports Inc., American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and others plan to hire more temporary holiday workers.