That said, it hasn’t all been bad news for those in search of work, as the pandemic places increased demand on industries like health care and delivery services.
The most in-demand job in the United States, according to a LinkedIn analysis of increases in job postings during the week of March 15-21, compared with a week earlier (March 8-14), was store associate. The retailers that are open, like supermarkets and hardware stores, are in need of more staff to deal with long lines. They also need new employees to replace those who can’t or won’t work due to concern for their own health during the pandemic. LinkedIn’s list also includes jobs like health care specialist, warehouse manager, and psychologist — all of which seem like a pretty good indicator of the state of the nation.
For some historical context, take a look at LinkedIn’s Emerging Jobs Report, released late last year, which looked at the fastest-growing jobs of the past five years. In it, chiefly tech or tech-adjacent jobs including artificial intelligence specialist, robotics engineer, and data scientist topped the list.
“7‑Eleven is a neighborhood store and it’s our priority to serve the communities in which we operate during this unprecedented crisis,” 7‑Eleven president and CEO Joe DePinto said in a press release. “This will provide job opportunities and ensure 7‑Eleven stores remain clean and in-stock with the goods our customers need during this critical time.”
The coronavirus pandemic will have lasting effects on the labor market and could change the composition of available jobs indefinitely. The Brookings Institution wrote in a blog post that it expects the coronavirus and the ensuing economic decline to usher in a new era of automation.