FedEx to hire 400 in Twin Cities to cope with coronavirus demand

The delivery giant is boosting numbers at its St. Paul office.

FedEx has announced it will be hiring 400 more workers at its St. Paul operation, after a surge in demand during the COVID-19 crisis.

Even though the company has had to reduce its overall delivery capacity due to a significant reduction of both passenger and cargo flights, the Wall Street Journal reports its ground business is being boosted as more people stay at home and order online.

And it's hiring at a time when Minnesota has seen recent unemployment insurance applications top 250,000 in the past two weeks.

It's looking for package handlers at its St. Paul warehouse, with pay starting at $16-per-hour.

The positions also come with benefits after a "minimum threshold of service," which will include medical, dental and vision plans, paid time off, holiday pay, and tuition reimbursement.

The company also provides paid parental leave and a mixture of day and night shifts.

You can find more information and application details here.

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Despite the economic downturn during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increase in demand in certain sectors.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says occupations with the most Minnesota job postings on the National Labor Exchange include for nursing assistants and registered nurses, customer service representatives, and security guards.

Companies that have been hiring recently in Minnesota also include grocery stores such as Cub Foods, Lunds & Byerlys, and Target, while nationally Walmart and CVS have been hiring.

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