LA Restaurants and Hotels Shed Over 75K Jobs in March and April, With Overall Unemployment at 20 Percent

On Monday, Los Angeles city controller Ron Galperin released a jobs map which illustrates a slight three percent jobs gain in jobs over March and April, but with an unemployment rate that remains at 20 percent. The report highlights how the food service industry netted the most losses, shedding 75,000 jobs.

Although hotels and food service industries gained 5,000 jobs over this period, the increases could soon be lost due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases, along with a looming threat to indefinitely revert back to restrictions for bars and indoor dining.

Galperin noted the hardest losses are in LA’s neighborhoods with higher concentrations of African American and Latinx families, immigrants, low-income renters and single-parent households in Downtown, the San Fernando Valley, and South LA.

Back in April, the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research reported a loss of 1.3 million jobs throughout Los Angeles, with a notable impact on the food service industry. Galperin’s map data is based on the California’s most recent employment numbers.

In other news:

—The Los Angeles Times painted a bleak future for indoor dining and bars throughout Los Angeles.

—Guerrilla Tacos took over the adjacent cafe space to launch Guerrilla Cafecito, and it opens today.

—The City of Pasadena is expanding outdoor street dining space by shutting down parts of Colorado Boulevard and Union Street this weekend, according to the Pasadena Star News. Restaurants can apply for a permit here, and when complete on July 25, will close parts of Colorado Boulevard and Union Street in Old Pasadena.

—One overlooked sector of hospitality during coronavirus is the beer industry. Easy Reader News outlines how breweries are especially vulnerable and point to constantly changing regulations.

—The Los Angeles Times profiled the 81-year-old proprietor of Roma Market, Pasadena’s longstanding beloved Italian deli.

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