On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Labor Department announced that 15 million workers had lost their jobs in the last three weeks – that’s nearly 1 in every 10 workers. Previously, the U.S .economy had approximately 200,000 workers filing for unemployment weekly. Overnight, that shot up to 3.3 million and then the following week 6.6 million, and 6.8 million last week. In Massachusetts, for example, 468,639 people have filed for unemployment in the last three weeks (147K, then 181K and another 139K filing last week). For comparison, there were less than 20,000 claims for the entire month of February. The states aren’t ready to handle this surge; in Massachusetts, they are staffed for 4,000 weekly claims so they are wholly understaffed to manage a spike of more than 20x in a month.
What does this have to do with finding warehouse workers and delivery drivers?
When you are facing a hiring surge and you don’t have the advantage of capturing the news cycles, like the top brands, how can you compete to win? On Wednesday, in our most recent webinar, Chris Forman (CEO of Appcast) and I spoke about just this. While there is a lot of good data in
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