Nation’s lukewarm restaurant recovery is not promising for New York

Restaurants reduced their staffs across the country last month, a gloomy omen for New York City’s hospitality sector.

The industry rebounded early in the summer but faced new health and regulatory challenges last month as well as hurdles such as diminished tourism and a lack of available workers, some of whom left the city during the Covid-19 pandemic.

August employment figures, due Sept. 16 from the state Department of Labor, are likely to clarify what happened locally.

The national numbers are hardly hopeful. The nation’s restaurants dropped 41,500 workers from their payrolls last month, as a summer resurgence of Covid-19 hit the Southern U.S. and the rest

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