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Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 8/3/21

How COVID-19 is affecting hourly work

Weekly Hourly Hiring Report 8/3/21

Highlights

Overall jobs are up 80% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 13% month over month growth and 81% year over year growth. Google searches for hourly jobs are down 3% year over year.

Economists are forecasting another strong month for job gains in July and a new pandemic low for the unemployment rate—specifics will be available in the jobs report coming out on Friday. The strong demand from employers, rising wages and vaccine availability are expected to entice more people off the sidelines and back into the workforce.

That said, there are a lot of moving parts and varied responses to the COVID-19 Delta variant as we head into the middle of the week. One thing is clear: both the public and private sectors are taking all measures necessary to keep essential services and businesses open while also creating a safe environment for employees and customers.

Here’s what we're tracking:

  • At least 70% of U.S. adults have had at least one shot of a vaccine, a critical milestone in the fight against the pandemic.

  • Tyson Foods is the latest employer requiring vaccinations for its 120,000 employees—aiming for total vaccination of their workforce by Nov 1. Last week, Walmart Inc. and Walt Disney Co. said they would mandate vaccines for some of their workers as well.

  • Home Depot, Starbucks and McDonald’s are requiring workers to wear masks in many of their locations regardless of vaccination status.

  • Target said it would encourage, but not require, all shoppers to wear masks in areas deemed at high risk of Covid-19 transmission.

  • The mayor of New York City announced today that the city will require proof of vaccination for people participating in indoor activities, including at restaurants, gyms and performances—the mandate also applies to workers at those places. Effective September 13.

In a recent media interview with The Dallas Morning News regarding the approaching holiday season, we shared the reality that there are ~70% more job vacancies than pre-pandemic levels and 10% fewer people looking for work—that’s the greatest gap in recorded history. 

Jobs

All industry data is from 3/2/20-8/2/21

Here are the latest job numbers by industry:

Quick service restaurant (QSR) jobs are down 21% compared to pre-pandemic norms, remaining flat month over month and seeing a 7% year over year growth.

Sit-down restaurant jobs are down 34% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 1% month over month decline and 16% year over year growth.

Warehouse and logistics jobs are up 278% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 51% month over month growth and a 480% year over year decline.

Retail jobs are up 9% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 4% month over month growth and 28% year over year growth.

Grocery jobs are up 76% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 3% month over month decline and 57% year over year growth.

Hospitality jobs are up 324% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 2% month over month growth and 372% year over year growth.

On demand jobs are up 195% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 24% month over month growth and 198% year over year growth.

Convenience store jobs are down 4% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing 10% month over month growth and 12% year over year growth.

Healthcare jobs are up 123% compared to pre-pandemic norms, 15% month over month growth and 102% year over year growth.

Workers

Google searches for hourly jobs are down 3% 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.