Amazon, Save Mart hiring in Patterson, Modesto amid coronavirus pandemic. Apply here.

Amazon plans to hire 800 workers for its Patterson and Tracy warehouses, a spokesperson said Tuesday, to help meet increased demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

The temporary jobs are among the 100,000 nationwide openings Amazon announced Monday, the same day Modesto-based Save Mart Cos. said it expects to hire nearly 1,000 employees in California and Nevada.

Save Mart Cos. had posted at least 26 job openings in Stanislaus County grocery stores as of Tuesday afternoon, according to searches on the Save Mart careers page. More than half of the openings are clerks and grocery baggers at Modesto Save Mart and FodMaxx locations.

Meanwhile, the combined 800 openings at the Amazon fulfillment centers in Patterson and Tracy will be posted at the online retailer’s website. Current employees at both locations will a $2 per hour raise, an Amazon spokesperson said, bringing wages for delivery people and warehouse workers to $17 per hour. Some of the new temporary jobs will be full-time, while others will be part-time.

“We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis,” the online retailer said in a news release. “We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back.”

Other companies that announced plans to hire new workers during the coronavirus pandemic include Raley’s and Safeway, a subsidiary of Albertson’s. The Sacramento-based chain Raley’s is looking for personal shoppers and intends to fill positions within a week or less, according to its job postings. The Raley’s at Village One Plaza in Modesto is among those looking for an “eCart team member,” a search showed.

Safeway said Monday it has 2,000 immediate openings for delivery drivers and store workers across Northern California, Hawaii and Nevada. Stores are accepting applications online or in person, a news release said.

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