Hospitality Industry Workforces Among Hardest Hit by COVID-19
Though the hospitality and leisure industries in America only make up only 11% of the total workforce, their employees have endured over one-third of all job losses in the United States. Hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, and cafes make up the sector that is struggling more than any at the moment. And their staffs who keep these businesses afloat have been left scrambling, oftentimes forced to focus on new career paths and different opportunities that are conducive to post-pandemic life. More than half of the employees working in hospitality were laid off in March and April. Hiring picked up to two million returning jobs in June, but that number quickly stalled to only 600,000 by mid-summer. These staggering numbers beg the question of what the future of this industry holds. And how will these businesses adapt if they hope to stay in business.