The City Lost 8,500 Restaurant and Food Jobs After Hurricane Sandy

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Catherine Slip, after the storm. Photo: Andrew Burton/2012 Getty Images

A staggering 8,500 restaurant and food-service jobs were lost during November, an economist with the New York State Labor Department said today. Lower Manhattan was hit the hardest, the Times reports. Because of an abundance of year-end and holiday parties, it's this time of year when many restaurants are hiring extra help, but that doesn't seem to be the case after Hurricane Sandy. “Restaurant closings and layoffs were widespread in impacted neighborhoods," said economist James Brown, "and the relocation of workers from damaged downtown office buildings is hurting holiday catering and corporate cafeterias." [City Room/NYT]