A record number of Americans are losing their jobs — but Amazon, Walmart, Ace Hardware and others are hiring to fill 479,000 openings amid coronavirus demand

A record number of Americans are losing their jobs — but Amazon, Walmart, Ace Hardware and others are hiring to fill 479,000 openings amid coronavirus demand

Many employees in the U.S. are holding their breath, waiting to see if their jobs will be the next to disappear as the coronavirus pandemic cripples parts of the U.S. economy. But at the same time, hiring is ramping up in some industries.

Some 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits two weeks ago –– the highest ever increase in weekly jobless claims. As more Americans practice social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, layoffs are hitting sectors that rely on foot traffic, such as brick-and-mortar retail, hospitality, and restaurants and bars.

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