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Pot Job Seekers Surge as Sector Is Still Hiring: Cannabis Weekly

  • However, the number of open positions shrinks amid layoffs
  • Candidates from hospitality and retail flock to the industry
A worker handles bags of marijuana to be delivered by the courier service in Louisville, Colorado, U.S.

A worker handles bags of marijuana to be delivered by the courier service in Louisville, Colorado, U.S.

Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg 

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Unlike many industries, the cannabis sector is still hiring during the pandemic. Yet the number of open positions has dwindled as layoffs become more common and many of the jobs that do exist are temporary.

Vangst, which runs the Gigs site for temporary pot jobs and recently launched a platform for full-time positions, is filling about 600 jobs a week. That’s a slight decrease from pre-Covid 19 levels earlier this year, mostly because companies are employing fewer in-store staff as they switch to delivery or curbside pickup. Meanwhile, the number of job candidates on the platform surged by 300% between March and April, according to Karson Humiston, founder and chief executive officer of Vangst.