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Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 4/13/2021

Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 4/13/2021

Highlights

Overall jobs are up 62% compared to early March 2020—the pre-pandemic “normal.” This means businesses are hiring for more open jobs as they hope to staff-up back to full operating level. We are also seeing job growth—up 15% month over month and 106% year over year.

Economists predict that there could be as many as 10 million more jobs between now and year's end and restore the labor market to its pre-pandemic level. But for employers, the fact remains that workers are hard to find.  

Despite current unemployment rates, many job seekers are reluctant to get back to work. Here are a few things that you can do to start attracting applicants: 

  • Focus on retention of current employees. It should be a high priority from executive leadership to general managers. 

  • Make your team your recruiting engine.  Workers who are recruited from referral produce 25% more profit for their companies than new hires who are recruited the old fashioned way. Offer current employees a referral bonus if they bring in a great candidate. 

  • Look for transferable skills. Many great candidates have what it takes to be a great employee but not the exact background you’re looking for. Get creative and think outside the box with the applicants you do have. 

While economists have calculated that roughly half of unemployed Americans are temporarily earning more from benefits than they did at their former jobs, they also expect that once health concerns and child care issues are alleviated, many people will return to work. 

Jobs

All industry data is from 3/2/20-4/12/21

Here are the latest job numbers by industry:

Quick service restaurant (QSR) jobs are down 27% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 2% month over month decline and 1% year over year growth.

Sit-down restaurant jobs are down 33% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 3% month over month and 33% year over year growth.

Warehouse and logistics jobs are up 248% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 107% month over month and 178% year over year growth.

Retail jobs are down 18% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 9% month over month and 5% year over year growth.

Grocery jobs are up 23% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 5% month over month and 18% year over year growth.

Hospitality jobs are up 130% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 54% month over month and 189% year over year growth.

On demand jobs are up 167% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 29% month over month and 234% year over year growth.

Convenience store jobs are down 30% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 2% month over month growth and a 14% decline year over year. 

Healthcare jobs are up 47% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 20% month over month and 58% year over year growth.

Workers

Google searches for hourly jobs are up 7% 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.