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A Glimpse At Companies Hiring People During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Updated : August 4th, 2020

With the Coronavirus pandemic spreading rapidly across the United States, businesses continue to shutter, causing millions to lose their jobs. As per the latest reports, the unemployment rate has reached 11%, and nearly 26.4 million people have filed for unemployment insurance benefits. Big companies like JCPenny, Under Armour, etc. have begun furloughing their employees only to add to the unemployment. Conversely, many businesses are looking to expand their workforce to meet the spike in demand for their products or services. So which companies are hiring people during the Coronavirus pandemic? Find out here!

List Of Companies Hiring People During The Coronavirus Pandemic

1. 7-Eleven

7-Eleven is the #1 convenience store for essential items such as food, groceries, etc. With consumers stocking up on these items, the company is looking forward to boosting its business. Recently, 7-Eleven announced that it would hire 20,000 employees nationwide to meet the increased demand. It is hiring people for cleaning stores, stocking shelves, and delivering products ordered through its 7NOW delivery app. 

2. Ace Hardware Corporation

Ace Hardware is the largest retail hardware cooperative in the United States. The company and its independent retailers are looking to hire 30,000 employees for their 4,300 locally owned stores to meet the demand. The Ace Hardware Corporation is hiring for full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions.  

3. CVS Health

With consumers stocking up medical and health supplies, CVS Health has witnessed an increase in prescription delivery volume by 300% during this pandemic. To meet the demand, the company is considering hiring about 50,000 temporary, part-time, and full-time employees. 

4. Amazon 

Amazon is a leading e-commerce company. Ever since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the company has experienced a surge in online sales. Besides announcing an increase in pay-per-hour for U.S. employees, the company is also looking to expand its workforce. Recently, the company has announced that it would hire 10,000 part-time and full-time employees across the United States. Further, it is also considering hiring another 75,000 employees to meet the rising demand for its services nationwide.

5. Walmart

Walmart is the largest retailer in the world. To meet the spike in demand, the company has decided to hire about 150,000 new employees. The company, however, has announced that the positions are temporary but, over time, may be converted to permanent positions. Besides, Walmart is offering $150 to $300 bonuses to its full-time and part-time employees working hard to keep the grocery chain stocked.

    6. Kroger

    Kroger, the second-largest general retailer in the United States, is hiring new employees to meet the increased demand for groceries and other products. The company is looking to employ about 20,000 people across retail stores, distribution centers, and manufacturing plants.

    7. Instacart

    Instacart is a pickup and grocery delivery company. It is planning to hire 300,000 full-time service shoppers to meet the demand of online grocery delivery. The company has also announced that it will on-board additional employees over the next 3 months. 

    8. United Parcel Service

    With Americans practicing self-isolation, social distancing, and work-from-home, the need for home package deliveries has increased significantly. To meet the rising demand, the company, in addition to working extra hours, is hiring additional employees to the team. The position includes a warehouse worker, a package delivery driver, etc.

    9. FedEx

    FedEx is another popular company offering delivery services in the United States. The company is hiring 500 full-time and part-time employees nationwide. The positions include package handler, package recovery agent, operation manager, etc.

    10. Gojo

    Hand sanitizers have become an essential item in recent times. Given the panic buying and shortages of the product, manufacturers like Gojo are ramping up the production. The company has announced that it will hire more people for its two manufacturing plants. 

    The list of companies hiring people is not limited to those mentioned above. Businesses in telecommunication, retail, delivery sectors are also looking to expand their workforce to keep up with the demand. 

    It is wiser to take up employment regardless of whether you get full-time, part-time, or temporary jobs, to meet your financial needs in these difficult times. But make sure the company you are working for takes precautionary measures like monitoring employee temperatures, social distancing, distribution of masks, and hand sanitizer to avoid any possible infections. 

    If you have not found any suitable job, you can still make it through your financial crisis by applying for the Coronavirus Stimulus package or UI benefits, provided you meet the eligibility. 

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    1. I had trouble getting my proof of self-employment to upload in secure file exchange and finally got it submitted by 12:06 am , 6 minutes late. What are the possibilities that they will deny it? I have received unemployment from March 2020 to some of Jan and some in Feb 2021. Most of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, & april were stopped for this proof of employment.
      Also, I see proof of Income as a 2nd issue but it is always on there. That was not on my TO DO list.
      I feel for u all on ID.ME…

      Anyone trying to reach UI, call their number, press 2 or 3 (questions abt filing a claim?) and then wait thru the message. At the end of it, u will be connected to a live person! I promise.. don’t push another button.. I’ve done it 4 times and it never failed.

      We lost our home, my ex took my child…. (kept her after a visit and called cps facilitating drama while the cops wouldn’t give her back without paperwork locked up in the court house..shut down for covid) I raised her by myself for 12 years & now she is with a violent alcoholic and parental alienating parent .. ….my dog, my 9-year sweet little best friend, was attacked, passing away 3 days later.. all in this time frame.
      But! It will all be ok. I have faith.

      Be grateful for your life and all that is in it today. What u dwell on daily will be your strength or weakness.
      Good luck to all of u.
      And thank you, Jeff, for responding out here. It is appreciated!
      Davulia S.

    2. I filed over two months ago. I have not received any information. My status says “pending resolution”. I have no way of contacting anyone. My position was eliminated at my job and I submitted the documentations online. I dont know what else I can do.

    3. I have been apply Ohio Pua unemployment since July 5th still pending issues. Upload what they ask for when ever I call says your case is in Adjudication. Very very frustrated, financially I am broke. Health issues. Waiting a long period.Don’t know what I will do ?

      1. Nafisa,

        I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

      2. Same here since Feb 2021 turned in all the documents still pending issues 3 months now. When you call they tell you to be patient. Pulling my hair out it’s so frustrating.

    4. I was receiving PUA unemployment. they made me file for a new claim in February. Now I am in adjudication even though I gave all the same information from my previous claim. Have been adjudication since February and I call and they say they will put in a ticket to have an Adjudicator call me. Nothing. I am wondering If I can go down to to Maryland Unemployment Office and demand that someone talk with me to release my claim for payment. It’s been 56 days. I read that they have a maximum of 45 days.

      1. Luis,

        Your adjudicator may be inundated with pending cases. Please continue to follow up (if you have the contact details) or consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

      2. t sounds just like mine only im disqualified yet actie every till sept 4th . they haven’t asked me for anything! i file then its disqualified yet im told im ok and have nothing to do bit wait for an answer? answer to what? they switched my program and all and asked me to provide proof for a claim that wa denied al eady back in 2018! deny me once and then again perhaps? lol idk

    5. My mom had unemployment in Florida. She just recently moved temporally to California with a sister since she needs assistance, and now the website is telling her she cannot do anything because she is register in another state. Can she keep filing unemployment in Florida, even if she is living and register now in another state? how is the process to change the unemployment? I tried calling and there is no answer. Thank you!

      1. Stephanie,

        Please ask your mother to consider transferring the UI benefits from FL to CA (details will be available on either of the websites). If there are benefits weeks left in the account, she will be able to claim them.

      1. Leatha,

        UI benefits are offered to claimants who lose employment involuntarily and be able to and available for work.

    6. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

    7. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

      1. Nicole,

        Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

    8. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

        1. HI Jeff,
          I applied back in Dec 5th, 2020 and I haven’t received any correspondence, is there a local office that I can make an appt to make certain my claim is right.

          1. Adam,

            You can consider visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (details will be available on the Unemployment Office’s website).

    9. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

    10. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

          1. Gary,

            You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

    11. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

    12. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

      1. Annette,

        Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

    13. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
      My question is
      Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

      1. Ruby,

        To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

    14. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

      1. Maria,
        I have gotten through to the call center (live agent) every time i’ve tried calling within the last 2 weeks. The number to a live agent (follow the prompts carefully) is (667)-207-6520. i have gotten through within 10 to 15 mins with each call i had made!

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