For These Hotel Workers, The Pandemic Recession Still Hasn’t Ended

Joseph Tolbert was recently called back to his job in the banquet department of the Washington Hilton for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

The good news: He would earn a solid hourly wage again to support his two young kids.

The bad news: The work would last just a few days, while the hotel hosted a Mardi Gras bash.

“My first callback since 2020,” said Tolbert. “And I’m laid off the next week.”

The U.S. economy has been rapidly recovering from the pandemic downturn, adding more than 450,000 jobs in January alone. The unemployment rate is