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US lost more than 100,000 jobs to Hurricane Harvey, Irma; hospitality sector worst affected

Retailers also shed jobs, with auto dealers, department stores, clothiers, electronics outlets and food and beverage stores each posting losses.

world Updated: Oct 07, 2017 11:25 IST
Associated Press
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Locals look inside a collapsed coastal house after Hurricane Irma passed Vilano Beach, Florida, on September 12.(Reuters File Photo)

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the labour market, causing a loss of 111,000 jobs alone in leisure and hospitality sector in September.

Employment at bars and restaurants was hit hard.

That decline appears to have come from the closures of hotels and restaurants in Florida and Texas resulting from storm damage, the Labor Department said Friday in its September jobs report.

The job losses were so substantial that it caused the number of jobs across the entire US economy to shrink by 33,000 last month.

Retailers also shed jobs, with auto dealers, department stores, clothiers, electronics outlets and food and beverage stores each posting losses.

Manufacturing jobs slipped in September after a burst of hiring in August. The decline came largely from fewer jobs at auto factories, chemical plants, printers and apparel makers.

Some of the job losses were offset by strong gains in transportation and warehousing, possibly a positive sign ahead of a holiday shopping season that relies increasingly on online shoppers. The education and health sector also hired. And hiring by professional and financial services companies were up as well.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 07:22 IST