Unpaid federal workers looking 4 new jobs at Indeed.Com #More_InFebruary 12, 2019
More and more of them are looking for a different job altogether.
Job searches on Indeed, the hiring website, have increased among workers at the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, three of the largest departments that are un-funded in the current shutdown.
TSA workers, many of whom have been calling out sick, are looking for jobs at a 30 percent higher rate than in recent years.
They’re now 50 percent higher than they were this time last year.
The data don’t mean federal workers have found new jobs, cautioned Martha Gimbel, research director at the Indeed Hiring Lab, but it means that the number of people looking for work, whether casually or seriously, is dramatically higher.
“This shutdown is injecting volatility into a sector that had been appealing to a lot of people because it’s secure.
We won’t know the answer to that for a while,” she said.
Applications for federal jobs on Glassdoor have dropped 46 percent below where they were one year ago, said Daniel Zhao, a senior data scientist at the job-review and hiring site.
Given that the federal government hires about 30,000 people every month, that drop translates into a significant decline in numbers.
On Glassdoor, searches from workers at shuttered agencies spiked 10 percent after Jan. 11, the date they missed their first paycheck, said Zhao.