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Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 12/7/21

How COVID-19 is affecting hourly work

Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 12/7/21

Highlights

Overall jobs are up 13% compared to pre-pandemic norms, with a 15% month over month decline, and 12% year over year growth. Google searches for hourly jobs are down 28% year over year. 

US employers added another 210,000 jobs to the economy in November—fewer than expected—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

While the labor supply remains tight, there are signs that some of the millions of Americans who lost their jobs during the pandemic-induced recession are wading back into the labor force.

  • The unemployment rate fell to 4.2%, a new pandemic-era low.

  • America's labor force participation rate, which has remained relatively depressed throughout the recovery, edged up to 61.8%, the highest level since March 2020.

  • This year (2021), monthly job gains have averaged 555,000.

  • Job gains in 2021 have totaled more than 6 million—putting us well on track for a full recovery by the end of 2022.


We are signing off for the year but we will be back in 2022 and continue providing employers with essential data insights about the hourly job market.  We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

Jobs

All industry data is from 3/2/20-12/6/21

Here are the latest job numbers by industry:

Quick service restaurant (QSR) jobs are down 29% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 1% month over month growth and a 1% year over year decline.

Sit-down restaurant jobs are down 41% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 31% month over month decline and 6% year over year growth.

Warehouse and logistics jobs are up 145% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 411% month over month decline and 4% year over year growth.


Retail jobs are up 6% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 13% month over month decline and 33% year over year growth.

Grocery jobs are up 31% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 24% month over month decline and a 18% year over year decline.

Hospitality jobs are up 305% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 12% month over month growth and 322% year over year growth.

On demand jobs are up 24% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing an 18% month over month decline and a 15% year over year decline.


Convenience store jobs are down 19% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 6% month over month decline and a 1% year over year decline.

Healthcare jobs are up 74% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 1% month over month decline and 40% year over year growth.

Workers

Google searches for hourly jobs are down 28% 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.