Fact Sheets

The leisure and hospitality sector—which includes restaurants, hotels, museums, spectator sports, and more—is a major driver of the American economy and a source of millions of jobs; this sector alone accounted for 9.4% of the entire workforce in 2018, employing roughly 1 in 11 workers in the U.S. But the spread of COVID-19 has ravaged this sector—making it the hardest-hit sector in terms of job losses—as both public health restrictions and changes in individual behavior to avoid the virus have limited travel, dining out, and many other leisure activities. And women of color, who are disproportionately represented in leisure and hospitality jobs that have long been underpaid and undervalued, are likely to suffer the most.

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