Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 5/12/2020

May 12, 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.


Businesses are hiring back the critical staff they need to turn the lights on and test consumer demand.

Jobs are still down 33% since March 2nd, but there’s been a 12% increase since early May as businesses start to reopen.

Employers are starting small, bringing back employees as their business allows, until they figure out customer demand.

The new normal is a moving target and evolving week to week. Our most recent weekly survey found that 78% of businesses are open with fewer services, partial capacity or shortened hours and 72% will change how they staff, allowing for more flexibility.



All industry data is from 3/2/20-5/12/20


As state governments ease restrictions, non-essential retail stores and restaurants are able to offer more services than they’ve been able to in the last two months. But, they aren’t rushing to rehire as they take the time to assess consumer demand before adding more staff.


Retail jobs are down 41% overall, down 4% in the last week.


Quick service restaurant (QSR) jobs are down 24% overall, remaining static since a mid-April drop off, but up 2% in the last week.


Full service restaurant (FSR) jobs are still down 58% overall, reaching the lowest point on 4/20, but up 3% in the last week.


Despite the option to leave home and return to some normalcy, consumers aren’t rushing to change their COVID-19 habits. Most people are still choosing to eat at home and relying heavily on online shopping and delivery.


Grocery jobs are up 21% overall, but down 3% in the last week. 


Warehouse and logistics jobs are reaching their highest point yet, up 803% overall and up 351% in the last week.

What’s happening across America

All state data is from 3/2/20-5/12/20


Texas was one of the first states to reopen, allowing retail stores, movie theaters and dine-in restaurants to operate in a limited capacity again. However, Texans’ interest in dining out and shopping at brick and mortar locations varies in direct correlation to the concentration of COVID-19 cases. In Austin, the retail jobs are up 15% in the last week. In Dallas, which has three times more COVID-19 cases, consumers continue to cook at home, driving a 77% increase in grocery jobs and a 45% decline in restaurant jobs overall.


Florida, an economy heavily dependent on tourism, has begun to open beaches amidst national scrutiny. Daytona Beach has started to rehire some hospitality positions, pushing jobs up 17% overall. But it looks like tourists are cooking their own food, with full service restaurant jobs down 69% and grocery store jobs up 63%.


Michigan is still under stay-at-home orders, with the governor extending them until 5/28. Detroit continues to focus on warehousing and logistics jobs, which are up 7,272%.


California was one of the first states to issue stay-at-home orders and has been slow to reopen. Residents are adapting, though. San Franciscans are relying heavily on delivery when possible, driving warehouse and logistics jobs up 279% and retail jobs down 65%. Angelenos continue to avoid normally-crowded restaurants, pushing sit-down restaurant jobs down 58% while on-demand jobs like food delivery services are up 20%.




Searches for part-time jobs are up 3% in the last week, and up 18% since their COVID-19 low on 4/12. The majority of searches are for part-time jobs rather than full-time.

Businesses are slowly opening their doors, with just enough workers to test out how consumers will behave in this first phase of the new normal. Even though states are easing restrictions, many people are choosing to keep their COVID-19 habits for now. 


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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