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We study how short-term labor markets responded to an extraordinary demand shock during the COVID-19 pandemic. We use traveling nurse jobs -a market hospitals use to fill temporary staffing needs -to examine workers' willingness to move to places with larger demand shocks. We find a dramatic increase in market size during the pandemic, especially for those specialties central to COVID-19 care. The number of jobs increased far more than compensation, suggesting that labor supply to this fringedoi:10.3386/w28240 fatcat:jtcvmlr27nel5fxdm2rnertwt4