Nine percent of Vermont jobs are related to the restaurant and food industry, John Klar says. Laid-off workers may collect big state and federal bucks in the short-term, but what happens if their industry collapses in the meantime?
"Restaurants nationwide are shut down, but Vermont’s restaurant industry is particularly vulnerable. In 2018, Vermont boasted some 1,413 eating and drinking establishments, and restaurants generated $1.1 billion in estimated sales. In 2019, some 29,600 people were employed in restaurant and food service jobs (9% of all Vermont state employment). Many of those people can be seen in a recent video with signs that say “#Dont86Us.”"
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