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Some Industries Ramp Up Hiring in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Some Industries Ramp Up Hiring in Columbus
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Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.

Editor’s note: This article is being updated regularly to include additional information about industries and employers that are hiring around Columbus. It was originally published on March 23. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant economic impact already, with many people across a range of industries suddenly finding themselves laid off, furloughed, or working reduced hours.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is continuing to update its website with the latest information about applying for unemployment benefits. Workers out of a job because of a COVID-19-related shut-down are eligible to apply, and the normal one-week waiting period has been waived. Some self-employed individuals may not be eligible, and the maximum benefit limit of 26 weeks has not been extended. See the list of questions and answers for details, and apply for benefits at unemployment.ohio.gov.

For a list of resources for small business owners, see this Metropreneur article. The City of Columbus is also continuously updating its list of COVD-19 resources and websites, including this fairly comprehensive one from the Columbus Chamber.

Several industries are hiring right now in Columbus, including some that focus on deliveries, and others that offer the type of essential services that are seeing an increase in demand.

For a searchable database of jobs, see the state’s new jobsearch.ohio.gov website.

Hospital Systems – All of the major hospital systems in the region are hiring, both for clinical and non-clinical positions. Here are the links for job searches – OhioHealth, Mount Carmel, OSU Wexner Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s.

Grocery StoresAldi, Costco, Dollar General, Giant Eagle, Kroger and Walmart are all hiring.

Pharmacies Walgreens and Rite Aid are hiring, and CVS plans to hire 50,000 nationwide.

PizzaDonatos, Domino’s and Papa John’s have all announced plans to ramp up hiring.

Update: Call Centers – Columbus Business First is reporting that two Central Ohio call centers are currently hiring (and some of those jobs can be done from home); ContactUs Communications and Fortuity Calling. Update: also hiring is Call Management Resources.

Other – Amazon is hiring nationwide, and has said it will hire about 4,600 people in Ohio – click here for openings. Local company Rogue Fitness, located in Milo-Grogan, will be adding 100 new jobs, starting at $17 an hour. A new delivery startup – goPuff – is coming to Columbus and looking for workers.

Update: FedEx announced on March 31 that it plans to hire 500 new employees at its warehouse facility in Grove City – click here to apply.

Update: Battelle announced on April 3 that it will be hiring up to 2,300 Decontamination Technicians at 100 different sites around the country. More information available here.

Update: Weekly Virtual Hiring Events are being hosted by the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. Click here to see a list of upcoming events and instructions on how to register.

Update: American Regent, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, announced on April 30 that it is hiring 120 workers across its U.S. facilities – 55 of the new jobs will be at its New Albany facility and another 25 based either in Hilliard or Columbus. For more information, see careers.americanregent.com.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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