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  • US unemployment rate hits 13.3% in May
  • Proposal for long-term homeless housing in California
  • US hotels cater to work-from-home professionals
  • DC hotel houses National Guard amid protests
  • Irish hotel reopenings likely won’t be accelerated

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U.S. unemployment rate hits 13.3% in May: The U.S. Labor Department released its monthly employment report Friday, which shows the unemployment rate reached 13.3% in May, The Wall Street Journal reports.

While millions of jobs were lost, 2.5 million jobs were added by employers, which are “early signs the labor market is mending after the coronavirus pandemic shut down parts of the economy nearly three months ago.”

Data shows the labor market has stabilized, but faced another setback from “riots and looting after George Floyd was killed in police custody 25 May in Minneapolis,” according to the news outlet.

Proposal for long-term homeless housing in California: The governor of California has a plan to “parlay short-term federal pandemic relief into a long-term remedy for the state's homelessness crisis by buying vacant hotels and turning them into permanent housing,” Politico reports.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan would provide $600 million in federal funding to counties starting in July “before the emergency aid dries up and thousands of people temporarily sheltered in hotel rooms are pushed back to the streets,” according to the news outlet.

U.S. hotels cater to work-from-home professionals: Some hotels have found opportunities to turn guestrooms into workspaces for those who are working remotely but don’t necessarily want to be working from home, writes HNN’s Robert McCune.

The InterContinental DC – The Wharf has seen an uptick in day-use and overnight bookings from work-from-home professionals, said director of sales and marketing Cat Carter.

“There seems to be a strong desire to get out of the house and work in a relaxing, quiet environment. We see guests coming in with their laptop bags and files, pacing the lobby, taking calls and adding fantastic reviews noting their productive stay,” she said via email.

D.C. hotel houses National Guard amid protests: The Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington, D.C., next to the Washington Convention Center, is closed to guests because of COVID-19 but is housing Army National Guard troops responding to protests, the dcist reports.

The National Guard told the news outlet troops are being held in the D.C. area in hotels and government facilities to provide “more flexible access to their assignments.”

“It’s common practice for service members who are called upon to support a domestic operations response mission to be quartered in local accommodations at a government rate,” spokesperson U.S. Army Master Sgt. W. Michael Houk told the news outlet. “These Guard men and women will remain on mission in support of civilian authorities as long as they are needed.”


Irish hotel reopenings likely won’t be accelerated: Ireland’s Cabinet had a proposal to possibly speed up post-COVID-19 reopening plans which would open up hotels at the end of June, but Minister for Health Simon Harris said that was unlikely to happen during a meeting Friday, the Irish Times reports.

Harris said a “body of work” would need to be done to accelerate the reopening of businesses, which includes hotels.

He also said moving from one phase to the next was “not inevitable and not guaranteed,” according to the news outlet.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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