Security workers in demand as coronavirus shuts businesses

Securitas has hired more than 10,000 people during the past month

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The demand for security guards is on the rise.

Securitas Security Services North America, a global security firm, is searching for guards despite rising unemployment created by the COVID-19 economic standstill.  During the past month, the company hired more than 10,000 people.

"Security is an essential industry," said Greg Anderson, Securitas North America Guarding president and CEO. "The current COVID-19 crisis has resulted in dynamic and increased security requirements for many businesses."

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The unprecedented crisis has pushed a staggering 16.8 million Americans to file for new unemployment benefits in the past three weeks, as businesses across the country furlough and lay off workers.

"We encourage those whose jobs have been displaced or who have been furloughed as a result of the current crisis to consider applying for a temporary or career opportunity with us," said Rod Musser, Securitas executive vice president of human resources.

Security guards play a "vital role" during this crisis by safeguarding essential facilities including hospitals, health care facilities, banks and grocery stores, Anderson said.

Thousands of part-time and temporary positions are available throughout the company's North America operations, although work requirements may vary by region, the company cautioned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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