COVID-19

COVID-19 wreaks economic havoc, spurs health care hiring

Mitchell Hartman Mar 13, 2020
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The new COVID-19 tracking site went live this week, but the transition could prove difficult for hospitals. Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images
COVID-19

COVID-19 wreaks economic havoc, spurs health care hiring

Mitchell Hartman Mar 13, 2020
The new COVID-19 tracking site went live this week, but the transition could prove difficult for hospitals. Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images
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With all the economic carnage that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing, one thing it’s not leading to is trouble in the job market.

So far, there’s no evidence in the data that companies are laying off workers or holding back on hiring while business activity and consumer demand slack off.

The job sites ZipRecruiter and Glassdoor both report a spike in job openings related to the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.

“There is a wide mix of skills needed [and] that is reflected in the income spectrum, as well,” said Daniel Zhao, a senior economist at Glassdoor, who added that the surge in demand includes some highly paid healthcare jobs.

“[From] epidemiologists or virologists to registered nurses, down to call center or front-desk workers who are helping handle the influx of community questions,” Zhao said, as well as foreign language speakers to get public health information out.

April Hansen at staffing agency Aya Healthcare said her firm’s recently had more calls to fill temporary job postings for physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

“Many health systems are setting up more mobile care units — tents in their parking lots to help triage the number of walk-in patients,” Hansen said.

Her firm is also providing emergency workers to clean and disinfect health care facilities.

COVID-19 Economy FAQs

Are states ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccines?

Claire Hannan, executive director of the nonprofit Association of Immunization Managers, which represents state health officials, said states have been making good progress in their preparations. And we could have several vaccines pretty soon. But states still need more funding, she said. Hannan doesn’t think a lack of additional funding would hold up distribution initially, but it could cause problems down the road. “It’s really worrisome that Congress may not pass funding or that there’s information circulating saying that states don’t need additional funding,” she said.

How is the service industry dealing with the return of coronavirus restrictions?

Without another round of something like the Paycheck Protection Program, which kept a lot of businesses afloat during the pandemic’s early stages, the outlook is bleak for places like restaurants. Some in the San Francisco Bay Area, for example, only got one week of indoor dining back before cases rose and restrictions went back into effect. Restaurant owners are revamping their business models in an effort to survive while waiting to see if they’ll be able to get more aid.

How are hospitals handling the nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases?

As the pandemic surges and more medical professionals themselves are coming down with COVID, nearly 1 in 5 hospitals in the country report having a critical shortage of staff, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. One of the knock-on effects of staff shortages is that people who have other medical needs are being asked to wait.

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