Nearly half of Wisconsin jobs lost during COVID-19 came from hospitality industry

COWS’ annual “State of Working Wisconsin” report found that, despite steady jobs growth over the summer, the state’s July 2021 jobs count was 3.8% lower than it was in February 2020. Researchers argue that a weak labor market “tips the balance of power toward employers because workers are easier to replace.”

“Since the collapse, the question has been ‘when will we get back to normal?’” said COWS associate director Laura Dresser in a statement. “But ‘normal’ for low-wage workers has long been unsustainable, leaving too many families struggling to get by. Adding jobs is important, but ensuring strong job quality and supports for low-wage workers is equally important.”

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