- 3.3 million people filed unemployment claims in the week leading up to March 21, 2020, the highest number in history.
- Police officers, grocery store employees, and garbage collectors are all among employees facing challenges to keep themselves protected from coronavirus.
- Two thirds of goods in the United States are transported by the country’s 3.5 million truck drivers.
As businesses continue to shut down across the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic, workers are being laid off in masses. According to the Department of Labor, 3.3 million people filed unemployment claims just in the week leading up to March 21st, breaking the record of the number of people to claim unemployment in a single week by nearly five times.
On the other end of the spectrum, healthcare workers are in short supply and enduring long hours to meet the drastic spike in people needing medical attention. This has prompted thousands of retired doctors to return to work as emergency reserve personnel.
But there are a few categories of workers who, aside from taking standard health precautions, have seen little change in their professional world. Make sure to thank these workers next time you see them for continuing to do their jobs so that the rest of the country can stay home.
10. Police officers
Law enforcement is more important than ever in times of uncertainty. Police officers are still doing their jobs during this difficult time, risking coronavirus exposure to keep the population safe. Many are using extra safety gear like masks and gloves, when available.
9. Postal workers
With most non-essential stores closing due to the coronavirus crisis, consumers have turned to online shopping as an alternative to purchase the things they need. But these goods need to make it to your home somehow, and that just isn’t possible without the postal service. Mail carriers are still completing their normal daily routes during the outbreak.
8. Food delivery drivers
Even in states where restaurants have been asked to close their doors to customers, most are still allowed to offer takeout and delivery meals. For delivery drivers with online ordering companies like Postmates and Uber Eats, it’s business as usual.
7. Grocery store employees
Grocery stores are one of the few businesses that have remained open as usual, even in states with the most rigorous restrictions. The employees at these stores continue to clock in every day, working hard to keep shelves stocked as items like hand sanitizer and toilet paper remain in short supply.
6. Truck drivers
If grocery stores are staying stocked, it’s thanks to the nation’s 3.5 million truck drivers. This workforce is responsible for moving two thirds of all freight in the United States, and they haven’t slowed down due to coronavirus.
Those who rely on regular medications can’t simply stop taking them during an economic shutdown. You’ll still find pharmacists behind the counter at your local drugstore, although waits may be a bit longer than usual.
Despite outbreaks at several firehouses across the country, firefighters are still on call to respond to emergencies during the coronavirus pandemic.
3. Utility workers
Basic services like electricity and gas are considered essential at all times, good or bad. The workers who keep these utilities running have seen little to no impact on their job security.
2. Garbage collectors
Garbage collectors are facing challenges when it comes to protecting themselves against coronavirus. However, these brave workers are continuing to collect trash and recycling from American homes throughout the economic shutdown.
In today’s connected world, most people are relying on online news sources to stay up to date on the coronavirus crisis. Journalists from many disciplines have become coronavirus reporters to help keep the information flowing to the rest of the world.