The U.S. blue-collar workforce has benefited from the recovering job market. Employment in residential construction, package delivery, and warehousing have exceeded pre-pandemic levels as manufacturers have continued to add jobs since the low point last spring. According to the online job website Indeed, job openings in many blue-collar occupations have risen about pre-pandemic levels and remain elevated.
Growth in housing and e-commerce have been major drivers behind the hiring spree for blue-collar occupations. Many economists predict that demand for blue-collar jobs will continue to grow, as demand for online orders and a hot housing market are expected to remain high even after vaccine distributions. “The demand for the workers is not going to go down,” said David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. “We’re still going to need good warehousing. We will continue to see great strength in the demand in the construction area, particularly housing.”