Albany, NY (PRWEB) December 23, 2012
BLB issued their statement this week following the announcement from the New York State Labor Department than many people lost their jobs following Sandy due to prolonged closures and reduced workloads because of company relocations.
During what is typically the busiest and most profitable time of year for restaurants, many are instead facing continued closures due to damage caused by the storm. As a result an estimated 8,500 people are out of work in the leisure and hospitality sector during a month where businesses are usually hiring.
BLB is disappointed to see so many people in the hospitality industry be out of work and hopes to see the industry bounce back in the New Year. The loss of so many jobs in New York is especially hard during the holiday season and BLB looks forward to seeing restaurants continue to reopen in the coming weeks, bringing back jobs to those who lost them due to Sandy.
The storm surge from Hurricane Sandy hit New York on Oct. 29, causing widespread flooding, wind damage and power outages. Thousands of people were evacuated, including area hospitals, and more than 76 evacuation shelters were set up. New York nightlife, restaurants, business and even the stock market were all but closed down for several days, or more, due to the storm. New Yorkers used their Twitter accounts to share what was happening around them, including nightlife mogul Mark Birnbaum who shared pictures of flooding and reported on the closing of EMM Group's restaurants and clubs.
Though Hurricane Sandy hit New York nearly two months ago the fallout from the storm continues, as the Labor Department announces that more than 30,000 jobs have been lost as a direct result of the storm. One of the hardest hit industries is the hospitality sector, which saw about 8,500 lost jobs during a time of the year that is usually results in the highest profits of the year and additional seasonal jobs.
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