Since the coronavirus pandemic made its way into North Carolina, many businesses have had to close due to stay-at-home orders.
More than 1 million North Carolinians have filed for unemployment benefits — one in every five people in the state labor force.
But there are a number of companies and medical centers that need employees now more than ever.
Spoonflower, a printing business that sources designs from independent artists and makes fabric products, has hired 35 new employees since the pandemic began and plans to hire 50 more at its Durham factory.
Company CEO Michael Jones said the business was already growing steadily, but has seen an uptick in sales in the past couple of months. Jones said with a new need for fabric masks and many people at home that suddenly want to make their offices and other rooms look better, business nearly tripled in April. Spoonflower even has DIY mask kits now.
“We saw this huge surge in overall demand,” he said.
Over the past few weeks, the company has nearly doubled the size of its factory in Durham and tripled its printing capacity. Jones said the company is not only hiring because of the current demand, but because they think it’s going to continue. Spoonflower is hiring customer service, operations team (factory), engineers, marketing and finance positions.
“It’s a weird time to be doing super well as a business,” Jones said. But he said the company is happy to be giving many newly unemployed folks a job.
Below is a list of other companies who are hiring in the Triangle.
Amazon hiring, nurses needed across state
NC Works has compiled more than 400 positions across the state for nurses and other jobs needed during the coronavirus pandemic.
There are currently more than 500 jobs listed through the state portal. There is an especially high need for nurses and other healthcare providers, correctional staff and those with experience in data and logistics, as well as facility maintenance, housekeeping and many other areas, according to Office of State Human Resources representative Jill Lucas.
Community colleges across the state are hiring positions for faculty, managerial and maintenance positions.
The security, janitorial services and staffing company has nearly 30 job openings in the Triangle.
The e-commerce giant is hiring nearly 100 positions in the Triangle.
The tax technology company is moving forward with hiring in Durham.
The communications platform that enables the voice conferencing offered by Zoom, Google and others announced plans for up to 1,165 new jobs over the next eight years in April. They currently have seven positions open in Raleigh.
The restaurant chain has 74 openings in North Carolina and around 20 across the Triangle.
The technology company recently said it’s sticking to 2018 plans to hire 590 employees in Raleigh.
The unaffiliated insurance broker is hiring 15 positions in Durham.
The banking company has more than 80 jobs available in the Raleigh-Cary area and 450 in North Carolina.
Grocery stores hiring around Raleigh
Aldi has more than 150 positions open throughout North Carolina.
Food Lion has more than 100 jobs available in the Triangle.
The grocery store company has more than 500 positions open in the Triangle.
In April, the grocery delivery and pickup company announced plans to hire 250,000 more full-service shoppers through the next few months across the country. The company already hired 300,000 workers.
Walmart has more than 1,000 positions open in North Carolina right now.
Open retail positions in the Triangle
The retail hardware company has a dozen jobs open in the Raleigh area and nearly 50 in North Carolina.
There are nearly 150 openings listed for associate, customer service and management positions in the area.
The home improvement store has more than 100 jobs in the Triangle area.
Lowes has nearly 200 open positions in the Triangle.
The retail store has a number of openings in the Triangle.
Walgreens has more than 50 open jobs in the Triangle.