After six months of positive jobs growth in 2022, August saw a reduction of 1,365 jobs in hospitality according to new data from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. This represents 15% of the 9,346 jobs reduction statewide last month. The industry is currently down 22,934 workers from pre-pandemic levels, as workforce continues to be one of the top challenges facing recovery. As reported in the most recent Economic Snapshot, 85% of hospitality operators report labor availability as “tight.” To learn more about what our industry is doing to rebuild the workforce pipeline of the future, visit our education foundation and see what you can do to get involved.
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