Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 5/5/2020

May 5, 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 planning to reopen. 




Job postings are down 33% from the beginning of March, but they’re up 12% since last week, indicating that as states reopen, job opportunities are rising.


Job seekers are also looking for more work, with Google searches for part-time jobs up 16% this past week.


Consumer demand is leading what “reopen” means, more so than state governments. Businesses are waiting to see how much staffing they need with social distancing restrictions, occupancy limitations and new customer behaviors.



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


Essential jobs continue to increase. New jobs that didn’t exist before the outbreak of COVID-19 are trending, including cart sanitization, occupancy monitors and night shifts to allow for social distancing. Grocery is up 124% and warehouse and logistics is up 552%.


Non-essential businesses that have decided to open are posting some new jobs, but not staffing fully as they navigate uncertain consumer demand. Sit-down restaurants are down 61% overall, but have bounced back up 13% week over week. Retail is down 37%, but up 3% last week.


Healthcare (-5%) has seen job shifting to address COVID-19 and the cancelation of non-essential procedures and appointments.


On demand (-66% overall, +7% last week) has seen a slight increase in jobs for app-based, on-demand workers as consumers grow more comfortable with contactless food delivery. This sector is still being hit hard as ride sharing isn’t compliant with social distancing guidelines and consumers aren’t traveling as much. 


The resilience of quick service restaurants (QSRs) (-26%) during the pandemic is noteworthy—they’ve seen significantly less impact than other restaurant models.



What’s happening across America


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


Businesses need to look beyond their state governments for reopening indicators—timid consumer demand is what will really drive reopen decisions and staffing levels.


Major food and retail destinations have relaxed restrictions for diners and shoppers, but consumer demand hasn’t yet risen to pre-pandemic levels. 

  • Georgia had one of the shortest stay-at-home orders, but in Atlanta, consumer demand mirrors that in states with more severe restrictions. Hospitality and retail continue to see a decline, down 58% and 42%, respectively.
  • South Carolina allowed retail locations to open more than two weeks ago (4/20), but markets like Charleston haven’t seen huge demand as retail jobs remain down 67%. Outdoor dining is allowed now, but full service restaurant jobs are still down 40%.
  • Texas allowed select businesses like restaurants, movie theaters and retail establishments to reopen late last week (5/1)—but Dallas residents continue to rely heavily on grocery, driving a 109% increase. They’re avoiding sit-down restaurants and other retail locations, pushing jobs down 52% in both industries.

In states with a large manufacturing and warehousing presence, high consumer demand continues to drive large gains in jobs.

  • Maryland has started to relax stay-at-home orders, even opening some of their beaches in the coming week (5/9) to the public. In Baltimore, reopening doesn’t mean immediate demand for full service restaurants, jobs are still down 73%. Warehouse and logistics jobs continue to see significant growth with jobs up 1092%.
  • Michigan is still under stay-at-home orders, but they’re easing restrictions to allow some businesses to get back to normal. In Detroit, residents have access to what they need, lessening the need for on-demand services and causing a 71% drop in on-demand jobs. Warehouse and logistics companies continue to operate with huge increases in demand, driving job postings up 1092%.

In locations that rely heavily on tourism, relaxed stay-at-home orders haven’t changed much in the way of consumer demand or increases in related jobs—most people are avoiding air travel, hotel stays and crowds.

  • Florida has relaxed stay-at-home orders for certain locations and industries. Jacksonville opened beaches, but tourism hasn’t returned. Hospitality jobs are still down 82%.
  • Nevada has extended stay-at-home orders, but eased up restrictions on certain recreational businesses. In Las Vegas, the mayor is calling for all casinos to open, as hospitality jobs are down 89%.

In the COVID-19 epicenters, residents are staying home and are committed to flattening the curve.

  • New York is weighing options for reopening as the state remains on lockdown. In New York City, warehouse and logistics companies continue to manage the surge in online shopping, serving residents who are staying home. Jobs in this sector are up 754%.
  • Washington was one of the first states to issue stay-at-home orders and they continue for almost another month. Seattle residents continue to rely on contact-free shopping and food delivery, driving warehouse and logistics jobs up 163% and on-demand jobs up 76%.



Google searches for full-time jobs remain flat, only up 2% this week. Searches for part-time jobs are slowly growing, up 16% in the last week.


The bottom line


Just because businesses can reopen and consumers can go back out into the world, doesn’t mean that people are ready to get back to normal. State governments are easing restrictions, but people remain apprehensive. We’re learning day by day what the new normal looks like. Businesses will follow consumer demand as they decide how to reopen and staff appropriately.


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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