Canadian Job Seekers Looking for Work at Walmart, Amazon, Large Grocers
Job searches for these companies surged as the COVID-19 crisis progressed.
Grocery stores and household delivery services have become key pillars of the economy amid the COVID-19 crisis. Canadian job seekers have taken notice. As companies like Walmart and Amazon announced major hiring plans, job searches for both on Indeed Canada surged, along with those for large grocers including Costco and Loblaws.*
Searches containing “Amazon” spiked first, jumping up as a share of total Canadian job searches to 303% above its February average on March 17th. Queries including ‘Walmart’ surged most, reaching 374% above its average February share on March 21st. While not quite as dramatic, searches for the names of several large grocery stores also increased, peaking on March 23rd at 173% above their February share of Canadian job searches.
While job seeker interest directed towards these companies has eased following an initial rush, they continue to garner an elevated share of Canadian job searches. With social distancing likely to remain in force for some time, large delivery service and grocery store companies could remain popular targets among Canadians looking for work for an extended period.
*Included in our list of large grocery store chains searched for by Canadian job seekers: Loblaws, Costco, Metro, Safeway, Save On Foods, Sobeys, Whole Foods, Farm Boy, Shoppers Drug Mart, No Frills, Rexall, Longos, and IGA.
Brendon Bernard is an Economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab, focusing on the Canadian labour market. His research interests include analyzing how detailed trends in the job market fit in with broader developments in the Canadian economy. Brendon was previously an economist with Department of Finance Canada, where he focused on analyzing Canadian financial sector policy and the U.S. economy. He holds a Master’s in Economics from the Vancouver School of Economics at University of British Columbia, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University.