Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 6/16/2020

Snagajob is here to help you navigate the hourly hiring landscape during this pandemic. Our proprietary data gives us an informed perspective on hourly job trends, and our weekly surveys give us an inside look into how both workers and employers are feeling and 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 to reopen.


This week, job growth is flat, but we’re confident this isn’t the full story. Jobs are up 11% in June, and still down 32% from pre-pandemic norms.

76% of businesses are confident that consumer demand will continue to steadily increase, so they are hiring. However, many businesses are not advertising for open positions, as 44% of employers are bringing back their own furloughed or laid-off workers first. This is an important point. Jobs are coming back, but some businesses aren’t looking for new talent—yet.  

Now is the time for employers to start planning for late July, when the federal unemployment relief (the CARES Act additional $600/week) expires and millions of hourly workers need jobs. Here are a few ways employers can take action: 


All industry data is from 3/2/20-6/16/20

The pandemic has caused a shift in jobs, as many are reallocated from harder-hit industries to those that are more in demand than ever before. For example, some restaurant or retail jobs may have gone away for now, but there are thousands of new warehouse, logistics and grocery jobs today.

Hospitality is still the industry most impacted by COVID-19, even with summer travel on the horizon. Jobs are down 69% from pre-pandemic norms, with a 2% increase week over week.

Warehouse and logistics jobs are increasing again, up 36% this week. These jobs continue to be in high demand, up 42% since before the start of the pandemic in early March. 

Sit-down restaurants and retail stores have been reopening and enjoying the benefits of increased consumer demand, but jobs remain relatively flat week over week. These employers are bringing back their furloughed or laid-off workers instead of posting jobs for new hires for the initial phases of reopening. Sit-down restaurant job postings are down 52% and retail job postings are down 40% from their pre-coronavirus levels.

Grocery jobs are down 26% this past week, but still in demand as they’re up 16% since the pandemic began in early March.

What’s happening across America

All state data is from 3/2/20-6/16/20

In New York, NY, sit-down restaurant jobs are down 67%, retail jobs are down 51% and warehouse/logistics jobs are up 152%.

In Las Vegas, NV, retail jobs are back up to pre-pandemic levels, up 2% since early March. Hospitality and sit-down restaurants are slow to return, still down 44% and 56% respectively. Healthcare opportunities continue to grow, up 10%.

In Asheville, NC, a popular East Coast travel destination, hospitality jobs are back to pre-coronavirus levels. Warehouse/logistics are up 33%. Sit-down restaurants are down 48% and retail is down 50% since early March.

In Los Angeles, CA, sit-down restaurant jobs are down 48%, but grocery jobs are up 17% and warehouse/logistics jobs are up 121%.


Google searches for part-time jobs are down 12% this past week, indicating a pause in job searches amid civil unrest and uncertainty. Part time searches are still up 5% in June, and down 36% since the beginning of March. 

According to a survey of more than 1,350 hourly workers, 69% of unemployed workers are waiting for the spread of COVID-19 to slow down before they start their job search. 20% are waiting for the extra unemployment benefits to end. 

42% of workers expect to begin working just 2 weeks after they start applying to jobs. 

The bottom line

Jobs are coming back, but with a few important variations. First, jobs are shifting from hard-hit industries like restaurant and retail to more in-demand industries like grocery and warehouse/logistics. Businesses in those hard-hit industries are starting to reopen, though, so they’re bringing back their furloughed and laid-off workers first and plan to advertise jobs for new hires based on the evolution of consumer demand and the virus. 

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.

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