Amazon.com Inc., normally a leader in cloud-computing technology and e-commerce, finds itself in the unfamiliar spot of being an employment lifeline.

The coronavirus pandemic and its devastating impact on the U.S. economy — a record 3.28 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week – has led to a run on the 100,000 full- and part-time jobs the Seattle-based company is filling in its warehouse and delivery operations.

Amazon did not immediately say how many people had been hired or where.

“Since announcing [on March 16] we are hiring more than 100,000 new jobs across the U.S., we have seen an increase in applications of more than 150%,” an Amazon AMZN, -2.83% spokeswoman told MarketWatch.

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