Jennifer Davis lost her job as director of catering and special events at a small restaurant chain within 15 minutes of Maryland shuttering bars and eateries in mid-March.
Nearly 10 months later, Davis is still looking for work. A 20-plus-year veteran of the restaurant industry, she’s applied “nonstop” to a wide range of positions, including in management, operations and as an executive assistant, with little to no response.
To give herself some more options, she’s now studying to become a real estate agent and is taking online classes toward a bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Maryland.
“I’m trying to just find whatever I can to get through,” said Davis, 36, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland. “The reality is that the restaurant industry, catering and events, they’re not going to be the same for a couple of years.”
Although employers have hired back millions of Americans since the coronavirus pandemic upended the economy last spring, nearly 4 million workers like Davis are now in the ranks of the long-term unemployed, up from 2.4 million in September. These folks, who have been out of work for at least six months, make up more than 37% of the jobless (CNN)