Five states – South Dakota, Maine, Indiana, Idaho and Mississippi – surpassed their pre-coronavirus restaurant employment peaks.
Mid-Julys total number of FTEs (415,154) was up 4,600 FTEs from mid-June 2020 (410,557 FTEs) and down nearly 45,000 FTEs from mid-March 2020. July 2020 was the lowest FTE total for any July since 2016 (413,746 FTEs).
U.S. airlines employed 706,824 workers in the middle of July 2020, 7,101 more than in mid-June 2020 and 46,461 fewer than in March 2020. The July 2020 numbers consist of 597,982 full-time and 108,842 part-time workers.
Job openings rose to 6.6 million in July. Hires decreased to 5.8 million. Total separations was little changed at 5.0 million.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.4 million in August, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent. These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the pandemic, as well as hiring for the 2020 Census.
The restaurant industry added just 133,600 jobs in August, and staffing levels remain nearly 2.5 million jobs below the pre-coronavirus peak.
Jobless rates were higher in July than a year earlier in all 389 metropolitan areas. Nonfarm payroll employment was down in 272 metropolitan areas, up in 1, and essentially unchanged in 116.
Four states Texas, Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma lost eating and drinking place jobs in July.
The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.3% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-June 2020 than in mid-May 2020
A report prepared for the U.S. Travel Association by Tourism Economics finds a bevy of chilling jobs figures – and underscores the fact that an overall U.S. employment recovery will not be successful unless the hard-hit travel and tourism industry can be safely restarted