Nonmedical essential jobs, like grocery store worker, are critical to society functioning right now. Despite these jobs postings falling less than the national avg, job seekers are now less interested in these positions, likely from concerns about possible infection.
More pay could encourage workers to consider these types of jobs despite the risks. And pay has risen, the median hourly wage ticked up nearly 2% from earlier this year. But it seems pay isn’t rising fast enough to offset job seeker concerns.
More pay may be necessary going forward. If packages go undelivered and grocery store shelves go unstocked, it would have HUGE ramifications on daily life.

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