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As the Economy Picks Up, These Industries are Hiring Right Now

June 25, 2020

In May, the Texas unemployment rate fell to 13.0%, which is below the national rate of 13.3%. That’s the first decrease since the state economy was first shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. The TWC also noted the addition of 291,000 private sector positions over the past month.

Companies are hiring amid this economic catastrophe as changing consumer habits push employers in a wide variety of industries to grab new talent.

In May, the TWC reported:  
  – Leisure and Hospitality Industry added 176,400 jobs
  – Education and Health Services added 51,900 positions
  – Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 20,700 positions

If you’re looking for a new job, here are several major companies hiring right now:

The Kroger Company
The second-largest grocer in the US, Kroger and its subsidiaries are still looking to hire about 6,800 people from coast to coast to keep up with consumer demand. Kroger says it has hired more than 100,000 workers since mid-March, focusing on filling roles in its e-commerce, manufacturing, and distribution center divisions.

Harbor Freight Tools
The discount tool and equipment retailer has opened new stores across the country, and currently has thousands of openings listed on its website. Most of the roles are in retail sales, but positions are also available in the company’s distribution and corporate offices.

The nation’s largest food services company, which also offers facilities and uniform services, has about 1,500 career opportunities listed on its site right now. Aramark recently opened more than 100 pop-up grocery stores to serve frontline workers at healthcare facilities nationwide.

PayPal has seen a surge in demand for contact-free, digital payments amid the coronavirus pandemic. The online payments software service provider and its subsidiaries are hiring more than 800 people to fill roles in software development, according to the website. Other vacancies include positions in data science, technical product management, information security, risk operations, and compliance investigations.

Epic Games*
The Cary, North Carolina-based makers of Fortnite® are recruiting 100+ people at the moment, according to their website, mostly for roles in engineering and shared services. The gaming industry has been booming in recent months as people stuck at home turn to video game consoles in higher numbers for entertainment.

GSK currently has 40 openings in the Houston area alone listed on its careers page and nationwide has hundreds of roles in its medical/clinical and science/tech divisions. The UK-based company recently announced plans to manufacture 1 billion doses of adjuvant next year for its industry partners to use as they test potential Covid-19 vaccines.


These examples of industries hiring now sourced from a comprehensive report on, view their full list HERE.

*Fortnite is a registered trademark of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. All rights reserved.