An expert spoke about Americans who lost their jobs due to COVID-19

About a third of Americans who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic will not be able to return to it after the restrictions are lifted, you need to look for work right now, says Julia Pollack, a specialist in the labor market of one of the largest online recruitment sites ZipRecruiter.

U.S. unemployment data released on April 30 showed that the total number of people receiving unemployment benefits updated the next record, reaching nearly 18 million people.

“According to our estimates, about 30% of the layoffs that have taken place are permanent, because the coronavirus pandemic will force some businesses to close completely or significantly reduce costs for a long time. So millions will need new work. Shuffles in the labor market can last several years,” told reporters.

According to Pollack, the list of 30 professions for which the number of vacancies has dropped sharply is headed by limo or taxi drivers – demand for them fell by 82%. Next come staff consultants, street vendors, bank employees. Among the most sagging works were nurses and physiotherapists, chefs and waiters, a variety of assistants and starting positions in companies.

However, in some areas, on the contrary, there is rapid growth. For example, the demand for online sellers increased by 555%, warehouse employees by 233%, truck drivers with platforms by 182%, and delivery partners by 170%.

“Generally speaking, some e-commerce companies, online entertainment companies, remote software developers, grocery stores, pharmacies, some home training companies and delivery services are expanding hiring to cope with sales growth and new user growth caused by the coronavirus pandemic “sums up Pollack.

This reflects the situation in which people work at home and order home delivery. For example, Amazon announced the hiring of a total of 175 thousand employees, Facebook – 10 thousand. According to her, companies are adapting to the need to give employees the opportunity to work at home. Many over the past time have developed the necessary mechanisms.

“The share of job offers with the ability to work from home has grown by 800% since mid-February,” the expert says.

Pollack recommends that those who lose their jobs do not wait for the end of the pandemic, but to look for something right now because there are fewer offers and finding a suitable vacancy is now more difficult.

“In addition, there will most likely be a large influx of applicants in August, when extended unemployment benefits end, so that the labor market will become much more complex and competitive,” she added.

The World Health Organization on March 11 announced an outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 with a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 3.1 million cases of infection have been recorded in the world, over 224 thousand people have died.