The number of Americans seeking jobless aid fell slightly last week to 840,000, a number that remains indicative of elevated job cuts as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.
But as the fourth quarter begins, numerous companies have said they will ramp up hiring.
Here's a look at some of the areas of the economy where jobs will be available.
The pandemic won't stop consumers from hitting retailers, but the way in which those retailers provide their services will likely have a different look.
- Amazon launched a career fair three weeks ago with 33,000 work-from-home jobs available and was planning to to hire 100,000 people for $15-per-hour jobs to meet increased demand.
- Dick's Sporting Goods says it will hire 9,000 seasonal workers nationwide, largely to assist with their contactless curbside pickup. The company's "National Signing Day" event is Oct. 14.
- Target has said it will hire 130,000 seasonal employees and will double the number of employees who work on drive up and order pickups from online orders.
- Walmart, which has hired more than 500,000 new workers since the pandemic struck in March, says it will hire another 20,000 to support its e-commerce efforts.
- Ace Hardware, AutoZone, Big Lots, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, The Home Depot, Lowe's, Michaels and Tractor Supply Co. are among other large retailers seeking seasonal help.
An increased demand in e-commerce will mean an increased need for help in the shipping industry.
- FedEx announced it will hire more than 70,000 positions in the lead-up to its peak season, with most of those going to the FedEx Ground network.
- UPS expects to hire more than 100,000 seasonal employees to work through the end of January. The jobs primarily include package handlers, drivers, driver-helpers and personal vehicle drivers.
- Specialty ship-to-home retailers are also getting in on seasonal hiring. 1-800-Flowers.com says it will hire 10,000 seasonal employees to meet holiday demand across its brands, which also include Harry & David, PersonalizationMall.com, Cheryl's Cookies and The Popcorn Factory.
Food and beverage
Food and beverage retailers, as well as restaurants and vendors, also continue to seek new employees.
- 7-Eleven, which brought on roughly 50,000 new employees since March, announced plans to hire another 20,000 new employees nationwide.
- Fast-food giants McDonald's, Taco Bell, Dunkin', Papa John's, Domino's and others also are actively hiring.
- Grocery chains such as Albertson's and Kroger also are hiring, as is PepsiCo.
Companies in an other industries also continue to seek help.
- In health care, AdventHealth, CVS Health, Rite Aid, Walgreens are hiring for permanent and temporary positions, according to LinkedIn.
- In the finance industry, Capital One, Citi, Fidelity, PwC and Wells Fargo are among companies seeking 1,000 or more new employees.
For a complete list of companies actively hiring, click here.