Job Losses, Pandemic Hit Hardest in Leisure, Hospitality

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the U.S. labor market. The unemployment rate in the United States soared to 14.7% in April, the highest since shortly after World War II.

Reported job losses were highest in the leisure and hospitality industry, with the number of such workers plunging 47%, from 16.4 million in the March report to 8.7 million in April. The trade, transportation and utilities sector also sustained big losses, dropping 3 million jobs, or 11%, in April.