WPF report highlights jobs recovery for bars, restaurants

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A report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum shows employment at bars and restaurants in the state is rebounding from last year’s dip, though recovery in the sector lags behind other industries. 

Employment at these and similar businesses initially dropped by nearly half, from about 199,400 in March 2020 to 104,900 in April 2020 due to the pandemic. That number has since increased to 199,900 in August based on federal employment data, but still remains 8.8 percent below August 2019, when the sector employed about 219,200 people. 

The category is largely made up of bars and restauran...

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