Employment in the field is slowly growing, but some companies are highlighting their role in the community to attract workers.
"We have all these extra fees that we really didn't have before," says events specialist Irene Tynedale. But prices will still fluctuate.
Joseph Lettieri, co-owner and operator of InnBuffalo off Elmwood, almost sold the hotel in 2020. Now, it's the busiest it's ever been.
Jerry and Lou Jacobs, co-CEOs of global hospitality company Delaware North, say inflation is a bigger concern than labor right now.
In the tourist hot spot of the Texas Big Bend, some raise concerns about taxes used to promote even more tourism.
Summer tourism industries continue to face a worker shortage and climbing wages. Teenagers, especially, are in demand.
Changes in the hotel industry are affecting Hawaii housekeeper Mary Taboniar, a single mom.
“We're not there yet,” said Kurt Loudenback, CEO of Grand Prairie Foods. “But we feel pretty optimistic about 2021.”
But in the public sector, and especially education, jobs may come back soon because of money in the latest COVID relief package.
Big cuts in hospitality, health care and retail sectors leave Latinas vulnerable.