Restaurants and bars added about 1.4 million jobs in May as they reopened across the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While restaurants and bars were classified by states as key businesses that could only operate upon receipt and delivery, many more were closed during home orders. Some companies found it difficult, or financially impossible, to adopt this model or had other public health concerns.
Another industry that made a profit was the construction sector, where the number of jobs increased by 464,000 in May, gaining almost half of what it lost in April. Construction activity is part of the first phase of the opening and many projects continue to operate.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said this week that the company has hired more than 300,000 associates in the U.S. since March, most of whom were temporarily employed to help “alleviate some of the burden they face” today. in stores and give those who lost jobs more opportunities.
The factory work has also returned, as they are in the first phase of opening. The manufacturing industry added 225,000 jobs.
While hospitals and other basic medical services remained open, dentists closed their offices, seeing only patients in urgent need of care.
Recruitment rose sharply in May, boosted by the reopening of dental offices, which added 244,800 jobs.
“This news is certainly encouraging for the economy and the dental industry, but it is also important that patients return confidently to their clinician and understand the relationship between good oral health and general body health,” said Pat Bauer. president and CEO of Heartland Dental, which supports more than 1,000 dental practices in the United States. The company estimates that these dental offices have added nearly 6,000 jobs, all employees returning from furloughs.
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CNN Business’s Anneken Tappe contributed to this report.