20.5 million people lost their jobs in April. Here are the 10 job types that were hardest hit.

20.5 million people lost their jobs in April. Here are the 10 job types that were hardest hit.
  • The coronavirus has devastated the economy, with some industries worse off than others.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data on job losses by industry, providing insight on which jobs were hardest hit by the shutdowns.
  • Sightseeing transportation — an industry that includes boat tours—  was most impacted, followed closely by amusement parks and gambling.
  • Here are the 10 industries hardest hit by the coronavirus shutdowns by percent change from February to April, according to a Business Insider analysis of the BLS data.

Unemployment in the United States has hit 14.7% — the highest since the Great Depression. 20.5 million jobs were lost in April alone.

Some industries have been more severely impacted than others, with jobs in the restaurant and retail industries wiped out around the country.

But a Business Insider analysis of recent unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that some industries that haven’t received widespread attention — like dentist offices and movie production — have been hit hard by the shutdowns.

Business Insider compiled a list of the 10 industries worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic, ordered by percent change to reflect the portion of jobs lost in each industry.

10. Hotels

Hotels lost 42.3% of jobs from February to April this year. While the number of people taking vacations has plummeted, hotels have been used by some people still doing business travel, or those quarantining themselves from family or roommates.

New York City announced this weekend it would use 1,200 hotel rooms as part of its testing and tracing efforts, a tactic successfully used in other countries like South Korea.

9. Sports and performing arts

Performing arts and spectator sports lost 45.4% of jobs from February to April as theaters, orchestra halls, ballets, and sports arenas closed because of the coronavirus.

Large sporting events are unlikely to return until the pandemic ends, experts have said, though sporting associations have considered airing games with no in-person crowds.

Source: Business Insider


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