Gig workers, who make up 1.5 million employees in the U.S. economy, have been applying to work at several gig companies in order to make up for decreased pay when a particular gig fluctuates due to poor demand, but they are finding increased competition when they do. As demand for the ride-share services such as Lyft and Uber have dropped, others - such as Instacart - have experienced considerable gains. However, delivery service drivers are usually paid less then ride-share drivers. The gig economy is seeing new workers due to unemployed workers trying gig work for the first time in order to make ends meet during the pandemic; the U.S. had an unemployment rate of 11.1% in June.
See Cathy Bussewitz, Alexandra Olson, Associated Press, July 6, 2020