NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- An estimated 1000 job seekers flooded a New Albany employment office on Thursday to apply for hundreds of full-time jobs at Amazon.com's fulfillment center now under construction in Jeffersonville.
"I've been out of work for two and a half to three years," Christina Ramirez of New Albany said. "And its been hard."
"I hope to work and take care of my son," Joseph Ater of Jeffersonville said. "I have a three year old and it's been hard out there finding a job."
With stubborn unemployment rates in Indiana and Kentucky stuck at or above 8 percent for the last three years, the promise of 1000 new jobs by 2015 at Amazon's 21 acre facility are welcome numbers.
The fulfillment center at the River Ridge Commerce Center near the site of the planned east end bridge is expected to be open by this fall.
Job seekers filed into a job fair at the WorkOne New Albany building on Thursday. Amazon is also taking applications online.
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"Any job you can get is going to help you get a leg up and keep your resume up to date," Adam Clark, business consultant with WorkOne Southern Indiana said. "Having those gaps in it, they don't help anything. Having a job that pays a liveable wage, even if its not the most attractive job, is something that you need. And these warehouse jobs are very good jobs."
An Amazon spokeswoman said the warehouse associate jobs pay between $11 and $13 an hour, picking, packing, shipping and receiving the goods consumers order online. The positions also include company stock awards and health benefits.
Amazon's footprint in Kentuckiana continues to expand. The Jeffersonville warehouse will be its fifth facility in Indiana.
Amazon made its $150 million investment after Indiana agreed to wait until 2014 before collecting sales taxes on purchases shipped to Indiana. The state also agreed to $2 million in tax credits and $300,000 in job training grants.
The e-commerce company also has five operations in Kentucky -- including a sprawling fulfillment center in Lexington.
"I think good money is earned by hard work," Ater said. "So it will be good for me. I'm ready for it, ready to work hard."