LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -  Amazon has begun its annual hiring blitz with plans to bring on more than 14,000 short-term workers in Kentucky and Indiana.

The workers will help pick, pack and ship orders during the online retailer's peak holiday season.

The company was unable to say exactly how many workers it plans to bring at its massive warehouses in Shepherdsville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana, or the pay rates. Job ads on Amazon’s website list rates ranging from about $11 to $13 an hour.

The jobs begin now and last through Christmas Day, December 25. Amazon plans to hire about 120,000 seasonal workers nationwide.

Seasonal workers are eligible for health benefits. Those who become permanent workers in January get the company’s “comprehensive” benefits package including disability insurance, a 401-k retirement plan, college tuition contributions and company stock, an Amazon spokeswoman said.

Amazon is hiring seasonal workers directly and also through its temporary staffing agency Integrity Staffing, spokeswoman Shevaun Brown said.

Applicants can apply at www.amazon.com/peakjobs or at a hiring event on Saturday, October 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cottonwood Suites Louisville Fair & Expo Center on Dixie Highway.

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