Nearly 81,700 leisure and hospitality workers have their jobs in San Francisco in recent months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in an area which previously had one of the lowest unemployment rates in California and one of the lowest drops in employment.

Job losses are divided between entertainment, accommodation and food/drink establishments.

Workers in retail sales, accommodation and food service have lost work at high rates, in jobs that are often held by women, young people and people with less education.

Some establishments started to hire workers back in May, but only almost 4,000 people in leisure and hospitality, especially since by its nature the sector cannot move work online or from home.

Even if hospitality does re-start, social distancing regulations mean fewer guests and therefore fewer tips, which make up a large part of these lower-paid workers’ income.

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