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

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30:  A truck drives through a flooded street, caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012, in the Lower East Side of New York City. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding accross much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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]