Staff at an warehouse process orders. (credit: Getty Images/Matt Cardy)

Staff at an Amazon warehouse process orders. (credit: Getty Images/Matt Cardy)

SEATTLE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Amazon said that it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders over the holiday season.

The world’s largest online retailer said that the hires are an increase of 40 percent over last year’s 50,000 workers. Seasonal employees at Amazon order fulfillment centers are eligible for healthcare benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees.

Amazon said that it plans to convert “thousands” of the temporary jobs into full-time roles after the holiday season.

The company has more than 40 fulfillment centers across the country, including two in North Texas — in Coppell and Haslet.

Tuesday’s announcement from the Seattle-based company follows seasonal hiring announcements from other large retailers. Walmart said last week that it is hiring 55,000 seasonal workers. It is also elevating 35,000 temporary workers to part-time positions and 35,000 part-time workers to full-time jobs.

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