Tens of thousands of additional workers sought for hire amid coronavirus backlash

The need comes after Amazon led an announcement earlier this week that it will hire 100,000 people to fulfill orders.


Business shutdowns and other drastic changes have taken away livelihoods, but whiplash is creating job opportunities.

The call for hires comes amid spikes in unemployment claims due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

But multiple businesses, including Domino's Pizza and grocery chain Kroger, are seeking to hire around 10,000 workers each.

Earlier this week, Amazon led an announcement that it will hire 100,000 people to fulfill orders.

Domino’s Pizza says it is hiring approximately 10,000 workers in the U.S. to meet rising demand for delivery and carryout. Domino’s said it needs delivery drivers, pizza makers, managers and truck drivers for its U.S. stores, which remain open for carryout and also offer contact-less delivery.

Officials with the Cincinnati-based grocery chain Kroger announced Wednesday it is hiring 10,000 new associates nationwide combined across all its retail stores, manufacturing plants and distribution center.

Kroger is decreasing the standard hiring period to expedite its process. That means hires can begin work in just a few days.

Kroger is experiencing an unprecedented wave of shoppers amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Store officials said that many stores have closed their services departments, including meat and deli counters. Spokesperson Erin Rolfes said that's not because of any concerns about illness. It's simply because stores need those workers to help restock shelves and help keep everything clean.

Meanwhile, the parent company of a supermarket chain operating 132 stores throughout the northeast said it is planning to hire thousands of people to help its business keep up with the demand driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

Based in Schenectady, New York, the Golub Corp. owns Price Chopper and Market 32 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. The company said it hopes to add more than 2,000 new employees to its existing staff of about 20,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.