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Companies hiring during COVID-19 pandemic as Tennessee sees spike in unemployment claims

Empty store shelves as coronavirus concerns grow (FOX 17 photo)
Empty store shelves as coronavirus concerns grow (FOX 17 photo)
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(UPDATED: 4/2/20)

As the COVID-19 case count continues to rise in Tennessee, the state says they have also noticed an uptick in unemployment claims.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development even changed its strategy following the influx of claims. Starting Monday, the majority of the department's employees will be shifted to processing claims.

While many struggle to find work, several businesses face heightened demands as people prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 in their communities. Now, companies are stepping up and hiring new employees.

Home Depot:

Home Depot is hiring 20 part-time and full-time seasonal positions at the Nashville Distribution Center in LaVergne, Tenn.

Jobseekers can text JOBS to 52270 and receive a link to apply

Click here for the application

Dollar General

Dollar General says they plan to nearly double its normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April.

The company has more than 16,300 stores in 45 states, and claims approximately 75 percent of the American population is within five miles of a Dollar General.

Find more information here.


CVS is looking to hire more than 50,000 full-time, part-time, and temporary employees.

During the hiring process, the company plans to use virtual job fairs, virtual interviews, and virtual job tryouts. New employees are being sought out "immediately."

Click here to search for CVS jobs.


While experiencing "unprecedented levels of business," Kroger is searching for new workers.

Both full and part-time jobs are available, and Tennessee stores are expediting the hiring process. Starting pay varies by position.

Tennessee is home to 118 Kroger stores. The retail company currently has more than 21,000 associates in the state.

Candidates can look for jobs and apply here.


To keep up with the rising amount of orders, Amazon is hoping to hire 100,000 new employees nationwide.

Full and part-time positions across the U.S. are available in fulfillment centers and the company's delivery network.

Amazon said the new jobs are being added to meet the surge in demand.

Those interested in applying can click here.


Walmart is looking to hire 150,000 new employees by the end of May.

The hiring announcement comes as the retail giant reports a major bump in demand due to coronavirus.

Find more information here.


Publix is seeking to hire thousands of associates by the end of March.

The grocery chain is looking to fill positions in its stores and distribution centers.

Anyone interested in working at Publix, can click here for more information.


Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Domino's is hiring employees for full and part-time positions.

The pizza chain needs drivers, customer service representatives, pizza makers, and management officials.

Find a list of open positions and application information here.


PepsiCo says they are quickly looking to make new temporary hires in the Nashville community.

The company said the demand for consumer goods is at an all-time high throughout local communities.

Interested job candidates can visit this link.


Lowe's has been deemed an essential business and is hiring to help fill a need with upgraded demand.

Applicants can apply now for part-time, full-time, and seasonal roles at their local Lowe's. Positions range from leadership roles, sales floor associates, cashiers, overnight stocking, receiving, and delivery positions. To learn more information about what Lowe’s has to offer, applicants can visit here.

Lowe’s has 25 locations across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky including: Clarksville, Hopkinsville, Springfield, Nashville, West Nashville, Madison, Hendersonville, Gallatin, Franklin TN/KY, Dickson, Hermitage, Crossville, Cookeville, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, Columbia, Smyrna, Lebanon, Shelbyville, McMinnville, Spring Hill, and Mt. Juliet.

IQTalent Partners, Inc - Recruiting Firm Helping Unemplyed

This Nashville recruiting firm is offering free services to displaced Nashvillians due to the Nashville tornadoes or the Coronavirus.

Click here for the website.

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