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Travel-Related Unemployment Hits 51% Just Ahead of Memorial Day

May 20, 2020


More than half of the 15.8 million travel-related jobs in the U.S. have disappeared since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic – driving an unemployment number (51%) that is more than twice the 25% rate the country as a whole experienced at the worst of the Great Depression, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Travel Association.

Prepared for U.S. Travel by the research firm Tourism Economics, the painful jobs figures arrive just days before the Memorial Day holiday weekend – the unofficial start of the summer travel season, for which many travel businesses would have typically prepared with a round of seasonal hiring.

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