Hiring begins for Amazon's new Florida facilities

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Internet giant Amazon.com has begun hiring more than 1,000 people for its two new distribution centers in Florida.

One center in Ruskin will handle small packages, and the other in Lakeland will handle larger items.

A large part of the jobs at both centers will involve shipping and packing materials. An Amazon spokeswoman says most of the employees will be hired a few months before the centers open.

Construction is expected to be complete around the end of the year.

The Seattle-based company started collected Florida's 6% sales tax on May 1. Last year, Gov. Rick Scott and Amazon announced a deal to create 3,000 new jobs in Florida by 2016. The details of that deal were not released.

Current job listings in Ruskin can be found HERE.

Current job listings in Lakeland can be found HERE.