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660,000 jobs lost in hospitality

The Covid pandemic has led to the loss of about 660,000 jobs in the UK's hospitality sector this year, the industry's trade body has told MPs.
UK Hospitality chief Kate Nicholls said that at the end of 2019, the sector was the third-largest employer in the UK.
The industry had been forecast to generate one-in-six net new jobs this year, she said, but the impact of Covid measures meant employment was down 20%.
Hospitality sector revenue is down 40% compared with last year, she said.
Ms Nicholls said businesses should be enjoying a "golden" time of year, since more than a third of annual revenue is usually earned between Halloween and New Year's Eve.
But instead she said the sector was in "intensive care" and called for pubs and restaurants to be able to open with as few restrictions as safely possible in December.
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