Jan 13, 2021 - Economy & Business

Vaccine distribution spurs boom in pharmacy jobs

Photo of a masked person holding up a syringe
A pharmacist prepares to administer the Pfizer vaccine. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

The enormous task of distributing the vaccine across America is leading to a spike in pharmacy job openings.

By the numbers: Pharmacy job postings were up 9.7% in December compared with December 2019 levels, according to data from the jobs site Indeed.

  • Other sectors that are doing relatively well are construction and e-commerce, as people continue to stay home.

The big picture: These booming industries are small bright spots in a job market that is otherwise in big trouble. The U.S. lost 140,000 jobs in December — stopping the labor market recovery in its tracks.

  • The industry that's hurting the most is hospitality and tourism, which shed 500,000 jobs last month.
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