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Companies that are hiring during COVID-19

  • Companies that are hiring during COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has hit workers in the U.S. hard. Non-farm payroll employment, which includes all paid jobs except farm workers, unincorporated self-employed people, private household staff, and proprietors, plunged by 20.5 million in April, according to the most recent jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that 30.3 million workers filed for unemployment in the six weeks leading up to April 25—a period of time in which many state governments mandated that nonessential businesses like restaurants, theaters, and salons close or significantly reduce their services, ultimately forcing them to lay off or furlough their staffs.

    What’s more, state unemployment systems have been completely overwhelmed with the number of new claims, leaving many qualified applicants who desperately need money without the benefits to which they’re entitled, according to a report by Ben Zipperer and Elise Gould of the Economic Policy Institute. Around nine in 10 Americans say that the coronavirus pandemic is causing anxiety about their finances, according to an online survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted April 7–9, 2020, by The Harris Poll.

    With unemployment benefits that might not be enough to make ends meet (if they show up at all) and the need for long-term financial stability, countless people now find themselves in the position of looking for a job during the pandemic. The task isn’t easy—businesses across many industries have been downsizing or considering layoffs, and applicants are competing with millions of other recently out-of-work people in need of jobs.

    Finding work during the COVID-19 crisis isn’t a hopeless cause, though. The pandemic has actually increased demand for certain businesses like delivery services, grocery stores, video conferencing services, cloud computing, and financial services, and some are now looking to grow their teams.

    To find out who’s actively looking for new workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stacker scoured job boards, news from local and national publications, articles in trade and industry outlets, LinkedIn posts, and company press releases announcing mass hirings. It turns out there are at least 100 companies in need of new workers right now.

    Ready to ramp up your job search? Read on to learn about the companies that are hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic and which opportunities might be a fit for you.

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  • Amazon

    Online retailer Amazon said in a company news article from April 13, that it has already hired 175,000 workers around the world to fulfill increased customer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s job board had more than 34,600 open positions, primarily in its web services department and on its transportation and logistics team, as of May 15.

  • Walmart

    Walmart is expanding its supply chain team to help continue serving customers during the pandemic. There are 150,000 new job opportunities at Walmart’s fulfillment and distribution centers, according to a news brief from the company from March 23. The starting pay for these roles ranges from $15 to $19 per hour.

  • Pizza Hut

    Pizza Hut is hiring for 30,000 new permanent positions in response to increased demand from customers dining at home, according to a company news brief from March 23. The positions include cooks, delivery drivers, call-center representatives, managers, and shift leads.

  • Kroger

    Supermarket chain Kroger is looking for 10,000 new workers nationwide to respond to a rise in demand for groceries, according to KPRC. Open positions include e-commerce clerks, meat cutters, cashiers, cake decorators, deli workers, pharmacy technicians, and more.

  • Dollar Tree

    North American discount store operator Dollar Tree is seeking 25,000 new workers for its stores and distribution centers to help provide essential products to customers during the pandemic, the company announced on March 20. The open positions consist of store managers, cashiers, stockers, warehouse workers, order fillers, and equipment operators.

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  • Walgreens

    Walgreens is responding to the coronavirus crisis by bringing on more than 9,500 new workers for temporary positions and full- and part-time roles across the country, according to a March 23 article by Josh Rivera of USA Today. The open positions include pharmacy technicians, customer service professionals, and shift leaders.

  • Spectrum

    Spectrum, which provides internet, TV, and phone service in 41 states, is hiring for about 7,000 positions, according to an April 20 article from Patrick Thibodeau of TechTarget. The company is using a virtual hiring process to eliminate the need for human-to-human contact during the pandemic.

  • CVS Health

    CVS Health announced on March 23 that it was looking to hire 50,000 people across the country for temporary roles, as well as full-time and part-time positions. The job opportunities include retail associates, customer service staff, distribution center workers, and delivery drivers.

  • Stop & Shop

    Supermarket chain Stop & Shop is “aggressively hiring delivery drivers and warehouse shoppers” to help it expand grocery delivery service for customers during the pandemic, according to a message from the company published by Patch on April 11. It has more than 400 stores in New York, New Jersey, and New England.

  • Ace Hardware

    Ace Hardware is actively looking for 30,000 people to fill positions across the country, according to Stephanie Stremplewski of NBC Sports Chicago. The company is experiencing increased customer demand for essential products and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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