Belfast Telegraph

Hospitality job losses near one million

By Alan Jones

Almost a million jobs have been lost since 2007 in sectors such as manufacturing, retail, hotels and restaurants, which traditionally appeal to young people, according to a new study.

Research by the TUC found that finance and business services were the only areas with bigger workforces than before the recession.

Jobs that account for over half of youth employment have suffered the biggest losses, with those in manufacturing falling by 14% over the four years to the end of 2011 - a cut of over 400,000 posts, the TUC said.

Over 280,000 construction jobs were lost as well as 220,000 in retail, hotels and restaurants.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "The manufacturing sector experienced heavy job losses during the recession.

"While retail and construction have gained jobs in the last 12 months, they are still a long way off their pre-recession health."