Hospitality industry saw 40% of all excess unemployment during COVID-19 pandemic

Workers in the leisure and hospitality industry were hardest hit during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

They accounted for one-third of recent job losses in the U.S.

Despite being just 11% of the pre-pandemic workforce, a full 40% of all excess unemployment was centered on the industry which includes restaurants, travel, entertainment and recreation, according to a new study published by the U.S. Travel Association.

Before the coronavirus hit, the industry employed roughly 17 million people. The lockdowns in March and April cut that number in half with more than 8 million job losses.