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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. So I have been getting ue for 6 months and on Oct 21 I had a fact finding issue found and cleared after taking a month, I got put on hold I got nothing no benefits nothing because I am on hold until cleared up and it was another month later in my favor, I’ve been without payment since Oct 21 since then I have been on HOLD, I am beyond pissed, I call every Fri I see the letter I received saying its in my favor that says I am Monetary Eligible-yet I still have 6 payments on hold. I call DEO and I talk, I beg and I get told “we are working on it”, the letter is in my favor I am poor not rich I am poor Why how do you people get away with this

    2. Hello

      I’m 59 years old and was laid off in March 2020 due to Covid.
      In June 2020 I was advised my job was eliminated and there is no chance of me
      Being brought back. I’m collecting UI since March.

      Pondering the thought of taking my early retirement pension as I can’t survive on
      UI any longer. My pension is of course reduced due to my age. Full pension is age 62.

      If I apply for early reduced pension in this situation, does my UI benefit get decreased? I’m in New York.
      I’m still looking for full time work. No luck.

      Thank you so much
      Lorraine

    3. i was just layed off from my job, i did collect benefits in pa. my job is seasonal igot unemployment payments in jan. to april i had 26 weeks of unemployment , but only used about 13 weeks, and was called back to work. i received 2 weeks of 600 dollars of stimlus money. my question is now that i reopened my 2020 claim . i,m i still elegibe for any more stimlus payments along with my regular unemployment payments.

    4. I am 65 yrs old in California and being layed off in Dec 2020. If I apply for unemployment benefits and collect a company pension, will the pension reduce the unemployment benefits ? If you answer call unemployment what is the department or do you have a phone number for a help line. I have called and get automated questions that do not apply to my situation.
      Cannot get to a live person.

    5. Several years ago I was part of a reduction in force and was early-retired for pension purposes. I count on this small pension ($2K/mo) to supplement my employment which has been inconsistent this past two years. I am filing for UI in IL and I qualify for it, but they are saying my pension reduces my UI benefit to zero. Is that right?

      1. Mike,

        That is partially right. The pension will have an impact on UI benefits. Please check for relevant info on the Unemployment Office’s website.

    6. I have $219.00 left on my UE and still no work due to covid-19 will i be able to get a extension on my UE and will it cover the last two weeks. I request payment tomorrow.

        1. My benefits have expired, still.unemployed due to over 65, wdiebrtes, high blood pressure and have one kidney, Can I get PUA , Cares Act for any assistance

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    8. My bf was laid off in April he got the the 600 to start with now he is only getting the unemployment and no extra when we hear ppl getting 3 checks totaling 40k that might be lies but still that is bullshit.

    9. I Sharon Bland or Sharon Scott or Sharon Ann Mccraw
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    10. I’m getting pua on employment and it was supposed to be backdated to May 27th when I wasn’t ableable to start my new job and somehow it’s August 24th they said it would be backdated been sending messages and pua people keep saying they have emailed you guys too but nobody gets back to me who do I need to contact about this thank you

    11. I check my checking account balance every week but I cannot tell if I am getting my 300.00 extra unemployment. Also. How can I tell if I got my back time unemployment .

      1. Thelma,

        I did not understand what you meant. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for precise answers to all your questions.

    12. I have exhausted my UI and all extensions. Not eligible for Fed Ed. Does EDD open a PUA claim for me. Or do I have to aoole for it. Its been past 30 days since receiving my Fed Ed denial letter.

    13. i have been unemployed for the whole year almost and since i have been trying to distance myself to better my all around health, it took me this long to file for benefits, i was hoping to get back pay all the way to the beginning.

      1. Zach,

        To qualify, the claimant is required to have sufficient earnings/employment during the “Base Period”. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website for more.

    14. Thank you o much for investigating this. When I received an overpayment statement and my benefits where stopped I felt my heart drop to my stomach. Already being evicted by a slumlord and now no income, i had to start working when i feel very at risk for getting the virus because of pre-existing conditions and the reason for filing in the first place. i am a cosmetologist and considered non-essential. I feel utterley hopeless and helpless in this situation.

    15. I cannot contact anyone in the unemployment offices because the phone hangs up on me in all cases after listening over and over the recorded message. I have called three numbers .

      I have received pandemic unemployment since March 31st. There was a pending adjudication but I never received any questions, letters nor emails about it and I was approved and paid. Now…this is what the website says:
      7 of 7 entries
      Issue Identification Number Employer Name Issue Type Status Date Mailed Level
      0002 7693 59-01
      PUA Pending 11/16/2020 Adjudication
      0002 4773 71-01
      Program Integrity Mailed 11/6/2020 Adjudicati
      Claimant Inbox
      Select the Search button to display your action items. To narrow your search, input issue date range below and select the Search button.
      Issue Date: From: To: 11/6/2020 to 11/16/2020
      Inbox
      • Below are the items that require your attention and that you need to take action on for your claim.
      • Select the Document ID
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