The number of people employed by the hospitality industry has fallen year-on-year for the first time since 2009, official data has confirmed.
Newly released ONS figures show the average number of people working in the accommodation and food service sectors in the 12 months to June 2018 was 18,000 fewer than the previous year.
Just over 1.75 million people were employed in hospitality at the end of Jun 2018, a drop of 1% from the 1.77 million at the end of June 2017.
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