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People are losing jobs, but some big and small companies are hiring

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio
Scott Snyder, owner of Jerry's Market in Tecumseh, Michigan wants to hire out-of-work people to deliver groceries to people stuck at home because of COVID-19.

The unemployment rate is rising because people are losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, there are new jobs opening up.

Retailers Wal-Mart and Amazon are looking for temporary workers. Fast food delivery services are hiring. Some pharmacies and medical supply companies need workers. Big chain supermarkets need people to keep the shelves stocked. In some cases small businesses are hiring too.

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Jerry's Market in Tecumseh wants to start a grocery delivery service to high out-of-work people and help those staying in because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scott Snyder owns Jerry’s Market in Tecumseh. He wants to hire people to offer a service he’s wanted to do for his community, but couldn't find workers.

“We have been helping the shut-ins and the elderly in the community for years now, just not doing it publicly because just not having the manpower to do so,” he said.

Snyder says hiring people who are out-of-work to deliver groceries will help during this crisis.

“Kind of kill two birds with one stone and help our community and help the people that need a job right now,” he said.

According to reports from Business Insider and CNN Business, in total, companies across the nation plan to hire of hundreds of thousands of people for at least as long as the pandemic lasts. Even with that, job losses are expected to far outpace job gains.

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Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Radio from 1998-2010.
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