Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 4/14/20

April 14, 2020 Mathieu Stevenson

How COVID-19 is affecting hourly work

In just a few short weeks, COVID-19 has changed everything about the world. Consumer behavior is different in sudden, unprecedented ways. And while we’re all in this together, the businesses we serve are also all impacted differently.


Navigating the hourly hiring landscape during this pandemic is still new to all of us. At Snagajob, our proprietary data gives us a unique perspective on hourly job trends. We can see how both workers and employers are responding in real-time. Right now, we feel that one of the most valuable things we can offer you is a view into these insights and hiring trends. This gives you the context you need as you make business decisions going forward. 


In the Weekly Hourly Hiring Report, we’ll give you the highlights so you can get a high-level view of hourly hiring. 



As we settle into the new COVID-19 economy, job volatility is starting to level off with the exception of warehousing and supply chain jobs.


Jobs are down 40% since the beginning of March.


Even as unemployment spikes, fewer workers are searching for and applying to jobs. 28% of laid-off workers haven’t applied for another job, while 57% of laid-off workers have had issues filing for unemployment. 



  • Warehousing jobs are up 114%—the supply chain is feeling the pressure of the new normal and adding a considerable amount of staff. Today, Amazon announced they’re adding another 75,000 jobs on top of the initial 100,000 people they hired in mid-March.

"We’ve filled 100,000 new jobs since March, and we are adding 75,000 more to help meet customer demand and assist existing employees fulfilling orders for essential products."

Amazon’s COVID-19 Blog

  • Convenience stores are down 29% as consumers become less comfortable with quick errands for only a few items.
  • Retail also continues to decline, down 24% since the beginning of March as consumers stay home and shop online (eCommerce is up 30% in March). GlobalData Retail reports that 60% of US retail space is currently closed.
  • Grocery jobs are back to normal levels, only up 3% since the beginning of March, as stores have figured out how to manage the demand. 
  • Restaurants (both full service and QSR) are also flat week over week, still down 45%, indicating they’ve determined how much staffing they need to weather the storm.
  • On-demand and gig jobs are up 10% from last week, but still down 65% compared to pre-coronavirus norms.  

What’s happening across America

  • The New York City metro area saw warehousing and logistics jobs peak on 4/8, with a 574% increase since the beginning of March.
  • Michigan, which is becoming another epicenter, saw jobs decrease as the state locks down. Detroit had their lowest number of job postings on 4/11, down 59% since the beginning of March. Convenience stores took a hit week over week, down 77%, while warehouse and logistics demand skyrocketed up 274% week over week.
  • Seattle has settled into a coronavirus rhythm, with job postings remaining relatively flat, except for gig work. On-demand job postings are up 36% this week.
  • The Washington, DC metro area has no significant change in most job postings, still down 53% from pre-coronavirus norms. Warehousing and logistics jobs are up 75% in the last week.


Even as unemployment spikes, fewer workers are searching for and applying to jobs. 28% of workers who’ve been laid off have not applied for another job. Searches for both full-time and part-time jobs are trending back up slightly as 57% of laid-off workers struggle to file for unemployment. 

The bottom line

As people settle into the new reality of the COVID-19 economy, both the urgent hiring and job loss is leveling off—with the exception of supply chain related jobs. Consumers are staying in and ordering online, driving huge gains in warehouse and logistics this past week. 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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