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Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 10/26/21

How COVID-19 is affecting hourly work

Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 10/26/21

Highlights

Overall jobs are up 65% compared to pre-pandemic norms, with a 35% month over month decline and 57% year over year growth. Google searches for hourly jobs are up 4% year over year. 

Even with a reported 10.4 million job openings, around 7.5 million Americans are officially unemployed as of September. And a record number of workers have been quitting their jobs as—the “Great Resignation” trend is a sign that the U.S. labor market is evolving and will eventually come back in a new shape.

Labor force participation rates may take quite some time to stabilize at our new normal as several factors impacting people’s participation remain—some workers retired early, many women have been forced to stay home to look after their children, and millions have stepped away to reevaluate how they want to work.

The underlying dynamics of the labor market are evolving— many hourly workers are no longer willing to tolerate compromised working conditions and are increasingly looking for flexibility, benefits and higher pay.

The two most critical things for employers to consider today are:

1) Retaining and engaging current employees

2) Broaden talent pools by expanding job eligibility beyond legacy qualifications


The holiday season is here, adding to the hiring urgency and worker retention concerns for many. Our Holiday Hiring 2021: A Quick Start Guide is a good resource for hourly employers and workers looking to prepare for the upcoming season. We surveyed thousands of hourly workers and employers and analyzed labor market trends to create this guide—everything you need and want to know.

Jobs

All industry data is from 3/2/20-10/25/21

Here are the latest job numbers by industry:

Quick service restaurant (QSR) jobs are down 24% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 5% month over month decline and 6% year over year growth.

Sit-down restaurant jobs are down 39% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 5% month over month decline and 7% year over year growth.

Warehouse and logistics jobs are up 342% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 2% month over month decline and 5% year over year growth.

Retail jobs are up 54% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 18% month over month growth and 75% year over year growth.

Grocery jobs are up 67% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 24% month over month decline and 10% year over year growth.

Hospitality jobs are up 289% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 26% month over month decline and 324% year over year growth.

On demand jobs are up 134% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 88% month over month decline and 88% year over year growth.

Convenience store jobs are down 21% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 15% month over month decline and a 5% year over year decline.

Healthcare jobs are up 106% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 24% month over month decline and 92% year over year growth.

Workers

Google searches for hourly jobs are up 4% year over year.

The bottom line

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

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