Amazon is expanding its customer service center in Grand Forks and that means new jobs for the surrounding area.
Amazon started the Grand Forks operation 12 years ago. It’s one of three Amazon customer service centers.
The latest expansion means 200 new full time jobs. The company will hold a job fair on Sept. 29 at the Grand Forks office.
Amazon officials say they also will hire several hundred new seasonal workers.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said the expansion is a result of the states pro-business climate. He said it’s an important part of the states effort to diversify the economy. The big economic drivers in North Dakota are of course energy and agriculture.
It’s likely some of the new workers will come from northwest Minnesota and eastern North Dakota small towns. The unemployment rate in Grand Forks is about 3.8 percent, according to the local economic development corporation.