Separately, two current Amazon employees told CNBC they had heard no new positions will be added in the Seattle area until early next year. The company has previously said it expects to announce the winning city for its second headquarters in 2018. One of these people said their manager shared the news, the other characterized it as a widespread rumor in the company.
The change in Amazon hiring plan comes as the e-commerce giant seeks the location of its second headquarters. Amazon has drawn 238 bids from 54 different regions across North America for the second headquarters, which the company said will get over $5 billion in investment and employ over 50,000 people.
It's unclear what exactly is driving the cutback. But Amazon told the Seattle Times there's no company-wide mandate for a hiring freeze. An Amazon representative told CNBC that the company normally sees seasonal fluctuations in job openings and that it will continue to hire across the company.
"Amazon employs over 500,000 people worldwide, and we're continuing to hire for thousands of open jobs across the company. We are constantly evaluating hiring needs to ensure we're dedicating resources efficiently and effectively, so it's common for there to be fluctuations in headcount as we grow at different rates across businesses," Amazon said in a statement.
You can read the full Seattle Times report here.