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The coronavirus crisis may be putting thousands out of work, but some industries are still looking for new employees.

The coronavirus crisis may be putting thousands out of work, but some industries are still looking for new employees.

As the coronavirus pandemic deepens, the Food Industry People Group is issuing a "call-to-arms" for the picking, harvesting and manufacturing industries.

"(We will be seeking) at least 1500 workers over the next three months," CFO Darren Basford told 9News.

Meanwhile, Coles is looking to recruit another thousand workers in Queensland.

Woolworths expects almost 5000 new roles to be created across the state over the next month.

Independent grocers are expanding their workforces too, although on a much smaller scale.

Executive Chef Gillian Hirst at The Stores Grocer says they have increased staff by about 15 percent.

"And we are probably looking at another 15 percent," she said.

"They're roles we didn't foresee only weeks ago."

The mining industry is also proving one to watch, with Stellar Recruitment spokesman Shaun McCambridge highlighting "demand right across the board".

"I would certainly encourage job applications, and where possible, to follow up with a phone call," he said.

"It is those keen and persistent individuals that find a way to speak to someone that really stand out."

Coronavirus: what you need to know

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World Health Organisation and NSW Health both recommend basic hygiene practices as the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus.

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Good hygiene includes:

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