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Hiring Trends: Workers 

Highlights

Overall, hourly jobs are up 182% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a flat month-over-month, and an 36% year-over-year growth. Google searches for hourly jobs are up 16% from this time last year.

The US economy is about two million jobs short of the prepandmic peak. We predict the labor market will take the rest of 2022 to recover these jobs. 

In addition, there are millions of hourly workers out there proactively looking for work—the current delay, felt by many employers as a tight labor market, is likely due to a Great Reshuffle, not a Great Resignation—the theory widely accepted late last year. It takes a little time for job seekers to explore new verticals and apply to new opportunities. And many employed hourly workers are considering new ways to work, and leaving current jobs for new jobs.

Employers should expand their labor pools—there are first time jobs seekers starting to apply for summer jobs right now. And the gig economy has never been stronger—alternative staffing solutions are an excellent way to keep shifts filled throughout busy seasons and labor shortages.



Jobs


All industry data is from 3/2/20-4/19/22

Here are the latest overall job numbers:

Overall hourly jobs are up 182% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a flat month-over-month, and an 36% year-over-year growth. Google searches for hourly jobs are up 16% from this time last year.


Here are the latest job numbers by industry:


Food & Restaurant jobs are up 42% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 1% month-over-month decline, and a 1% year-over-year growth.


Hotel & Hospitality jobs are up 48% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a flat month-over-month gain, and a 15% year-over-year decline.


Healthcare jobs are up 99% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 6% month-over-month decline, and an 8% year-over-year growth.


Retail jobs are up 54% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a flat month-over-month, and a 18% year-over-year growth.


Warehouse & Production jobs are up 715% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 6% month-over-month gain, and a 73% year-over-year growth.



Workers


Google searches for hourly jobs are up 16% year-over-year.


The bottom line: 

We’ll continue to be your best resource for hourly job market insights as we collectively navigate 2022 and beyond.

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Mathieu Stevenson |
Mathieu Stevenson is the CEO of Snagajob. His first hourly job was as a lifeguard.