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COVID-19 only entered into the vernacular within the last couple of months, but already it has shaken up every facet of society. As more and more states issue directives implementing social distancing, banning gatherings of people and closing non-essential businesses, many Americans are left without reliable sources of income. If you’re feeling anxious about your job outlook, you’re definitely not alone! Read on to find out how COVID-19 is affecting the current job market and what other opportunities might be out there.
How many people lost work?
This is a hard question to answer as COVID-19 is an evolving situation. Every day more states enact measures restricting social movement, which in turn typically results in job loss. The industries likely to be hit the hardest, at least at first, will be food and beverage, travel and hospitality, and non-essential retail. Exact figures are still being tallied, but current projections estimate the number of people who were laid off or had their hours slashed severely to be anywhere from thousands to millions of Americans. Unfortunately, these numbers may increase as more states, counties and cities begin issuing orders for residents to stay home.
What can I do if I was laid off or my hours were cut?
In hopes of providing some relief, a $2 trillion stimulus package was passed by the Senate and is expected to be approved by the House, expanding the length of time and amount of unemployment insurance (UI) available. This stimulus package also extends UI to include gig workers, self-employed and freelancers which previously were ineligible for UI. In addition, some states and cities are issuing directives to suspend evictions for peoples economically impacted by COVID-19. For example, Long Beach, CA has enacted a moratorium on evictions allowing people unable to pay rent due to COVID-19 to defer April and May rent until November. The types of relief being offered vary widely from state to state and even city to city so keep checking on local, state and federal developments through government websites for the most up to date information.
Is anyone hiring?
Yes! While things may look bleak at the moment, it is worth remembering that innovation thrives in times of chaos and that not all companies are shutting down. Fortunately, there are companies that are responding to this current climate of uncertainty by pushing for innovations and proposing new solutions to new problems. What’s more, many of these jobs can be performed remotely so you can earn an income while keeping yourself safe from undue risk so you don’t have to wait till social distancing is lifted to start earning.
One area of the job market that is experiencing lots of growth is technology. As millions of Americans and businesses are transforming their workforce to virtual teams they need tech solutions. There are plenty of openings in technology infrastructure, and you don’t have to be coding whiz to apply! Companies like SetSchedule, a tech and data company that was recently named the 21st fastest growing company in California and 196th fastest growing company in the US, currently has tech positions open, like a Front End Developer. But they also have openings for remote salespeople, corporate trainers, and concierge positions that don’t require any formal tech certification or education. Furthermore, they have transitioned their recruitment process online so you start applying today!
COVID-19 has plunged the job market into chaos and left millions of Americans unsure about how they will pay their bills and cover expenses. If you fall into this category, it might be of some consolation to know that you are not alone. However, the situation is not hopeless. If you are competent and hardworking, there are industries looking to hire you. Get on those job boards today and start planning for a bright new future!