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Amazon is hiring 3,000 people in the Inland Empire, but their jobs will end at Christmas

Two "associates" at Amazon's fulfillment center in San Bernardino
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Black Friday is just around the corner. And that means warehouses need more workers to pack and ship all those gifts you're buying online.

For its part, Amazon is looking to hire 3,000 workers in the Inland Empire. The company is holding walk-in hiring events in Moreno Valley this week, hoping to fill seasonal positions at its fulfillment centers in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

The jobs are mostly full-time – but they’re slated to end by Christmas. Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson said these types of jobs appeal to a lot of people. 

"They have other positions, or they're college students, or they're someone who's not able to have a full time position," she said. "So they're just wanting to pick up a little income before Christmas." 

But a lot of short-timers are trying to secure permanent jobs with full benefits, said Sheheryar Kaoosji of the Warehouse Worker Resource Center in Ontario. 

"Workers are there for very short periods of time, forced to work very hard to try to keep up to keep that job," he said. "And often they're not able to stick around." 

Amazon said it plans to hire 12,000 seasonal workers statewide this year.