Lightcast Job Posting Dashboard Shows Real-Time Market Response to COVID-19

Published on Mar 31, 2020

Updated on Nov 3, 2022

Written by Emsi Burning Glass

COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on the United States, both medically and economically. With the situation changing quickly, we built a job posting dashboard to help you navigate the labor market’s response to COVID-19 in real time. 

In Lightcasts dashboard, you can track monthly job posting trends and compare to 2019 averages. You can also filter by region, industry, company, job, and skill. 

Now, educators, businesses, economic and workforce developers, and policymakers can see who is hiring, identify which skills are in demand, and analyze trends in their region’s economy. 

For example, if you wanted to see how COVID-19 is affecting U.S. restaurants on a monthly basis, you would select “United States” as your region and “Food Services and Drinking Places” as your industry. Then, you can view the map in terms of postings, percent change month over month, and percent change from last year.


Explore the Lightcast job posting dashboard


Track which companies are hiring

Updated monthly, the dashboard will help you track the labor market’s response to COVID-19 as it unfolds and show you the evolving needs of employers, down to the state level. For example, Amazon recently announced plans to hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers to keep up with increased demand.

Using the dashboard, we can see that at the end of March, Amazon had over 56,300 active job postings—up 97% from last year. The vast majority of the postings are in Washington state.

We can also see which occupations within Amazon are most affected by this hiring spree. Software developers take the lead with the most active job postings (nearly 7,000), up 7% from last year. But it’s the warehouse and delivery occupations that have seen the most massive jumps from last year.



Lightcast’s job posting dashboard offers real-time insights into how COVID-19 is affecting the U.S. economy. With so much uncertainty in the world right now, we hope this data keeps you informed and up-to-date.

For more data-driven tools, research, and webinars, visit Lightcast’s COVID-19 resources page

Explore the Lightcast job posting dashboard for yourself, and if you have any questions, please reach out.


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