Job site features employment opportunities amid pandemic

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) –Thousands of Kentuckians have lost their jobs due to restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic, as retail businesses and others have been forced to shut down or scale back, but there is a new online resource to help find new employment.

The Kentucky Retail Federation has launched a website for jobseekers and employers across the state. The website, which can be found at kyretail.com/job-opportunities, features jobs that are available now and directs interested applicants where to apply.

“While many Kentuckians have suddenly found themselves out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a wide variety of Kentucky retailers are still operating and seeking hardworking employees to meet new and changing customer needs,” said Tod Griffin, president of the Kentucky Retail Federation. “Our communities are facing a great deal of uncertainty at this time, and we are committed to doing what we can to support the many individuals, families and businesses that have been impacted by this public health crisis.”

Kentuckians who are seeking either temporary or permanent employment opportunities should visit the website, which will be updated frequently; and all businesses are welcome to submit job openings.

“While this pandemic is forcing us to deliver services differently than before, Kentucky is still open for business—and we thank you for your support,” said Griffin.

Grocery stores are among those listed on the website, which under Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive orders are considered essential businesses.  For those concerned about their small children, the governor earlier this week announced childcare is available for those workers. 

“We are expanding the childcare options that we have been providing to our first responders and our health care workers to our grocery store workers,” he said.  “We need them, we know the food supply chain is safe, but we have to make sure that we have enough people that are there stocking shelves day in and day out.”

He said they were able to make the change, knowing they have the capacity in the existing facilities to add grocery store workers to the list.

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