Number of the Day Shows Bars, Restaurants Losing Jobs

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That’s how many leisure and hospitality jobs were lost in December, by far the largest decline for any sector suffering in the COVID-19 crisis, government data showed Friday.

Bars and restaurants took the biggest hit within that sector, shedding 372,000 jobs as the pandemic kept people at home, according to the monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. People not going out to eat and drink was by far the biggest drag on the overall employment picture in December, with nonfarm payrolls dropping by a net of 140,000—the first decline since April, when a record 20.8 million jobs were lost. 

The stalled labor market recovery means the economy has yet to recoup 9.8 million jobs lost in the pandemic, including 3.9 million in the leisure and hospitality sector.