Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 5/26/2020

May 26, 2020 Mathieu Stevenson

Snagajob is here to help you navigate the hourly hiring landscape during this pandemic. Our proprietary data gives us a unique perspective on hourly job trends and we can see how both workers and employers are responding in real-time. One of the most valuable things we can offer you is a view into these insights and hiring trends. We’re here to give you helpful context as you make business decisions and begin to reopen. 




Jobs are slowly and steadily coming back. Hourly jobs were hit the hardest in April, down 53% at their lowest point. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel—jobs are still down 34% from pre-pandemic levels, but they’re beginning to come back, up 16% in May.





All industry data is from 3/2/20-5/26/20


The overall low for jobs during COVID-19 was in April, and they’re rebounding from there. Here’s where we’re seeing the jobs come back:


Full service restaurant (FSR) jobs, which were the hardest hit, are up 10% in May, though still down 59% overall. 23% of workers are looking for jobs in full service restaurants. 


On-demand jobs are up 12% in May. They’re still down 59% overall, but opportunities are slowly reemerging.


Convenience store jobs are up 3% in May, down 27% overall. 21% of workers are looking for convenience store jobs.


Grocery and healthcare job opportunities continue to grow.


Grocery jobs are up 39% overall. 36% of workers are interested in grocery jobs.


Healthcare jobs are up 5% overall. 23% of workers are looking for healthcare jobs.



What’s happening across America


All state data is from 3/2/20-5/26/20


In Daytona Beach, FL, retail jobs are almost back to pre-pandemic levels, only down 4% overall.


In Durham, NC, grocery jobs continue to grow, up 207%. Warehousing jobs are also still growing, up 50%.


In New York, NY, there are lots of jobs in grocery and warehousing, up 260% and 137% respectively.


In Austin, TX, healthcare jobs opportunities are emerging, up 32% over pre-coronavirus norms. 


In Fresno, CA, warehousing jobs are up 100% and healthcare jobs are starting to grow, up 13% overall.




48% of workers are feeling hopeful. Job searches on Google still haven’t returned to their pre-pandemic levels, but there are signs of increasing worker interest. Part-time job searches are up 10% in May, down 50% overall.



The bottom line


Hourly jobs are on the rebound, slowly but surely. While the numbers are still down from the beginning of March, they’ve been steadily climbing back up as states reopened in May.


As always, we continue to talk to hourly workers and employers to see how they’re feeling about the situation. You can find that information in our weekly COVID-19 infographic.


About the Author

Mathieu Stevenson

Mathieu Stevenson is the Chief Executive Officer of Snagajob. Appointed in 2019 after previously serving as Snagajob’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mathieu and his team are focused on using data and AI to realize the vision of becoming the first truly on-demand platform for hourly work, instantly connecting millions of hourly workers with hiring employers. Mathieu brings deep technology and marketplace experience across venture owned and public companies, including leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, HomeAway Inc (NASDAQ: AWAY), and most recently, Blucora Inc (NASDAQ: BCOR) where Mathieu served as Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. Mathieu and his wife Catie have three active, young boys. The family is enjoying their new home and community in Richmond, VA. Mathieu is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and attended the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he received his Masters of Business Administration. His first hourly job was as a lifeguard.

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