Homeless and working for Amazon: the trap of the seasonal job cycle in the U.S.

By Jana Kasperkevic:

When President Barack Obama visited an Amazon’s fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee last year, he compared it to Santa’s workshop. “This is kind of like the North Pole of the south right here,” he said. Then speaking of the workers, he added, “Got a bunch of good-looking elves here.”

What went unsaid and unnoticed was that the Amazon “elves” would not have jobs or prospects after the holidays. Many of the people in those Amazon warehouses were among the long-term unemployed – shuffling from one temporary job to another to another. Due to this unstable employment, number of them have found themselves living in shelters.

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