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Ketchem’s Restaurant waitress Jodi Deemer cleans a table between customers during lunch in this August 2020 photo. Leisure and hospitality jobs, which includes restaurants, have taken the biggest hit during coronavirus pandemic. Lost jobs have returned in the months since businesses were allowed to reopen.

JAY HARE/DOTHAN EAGLE Peggy Ussery

The local job market is still recovering jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic and seeing fewer people file for unemployment insurance.

By August, the Dothan Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) – which includes Houston, Henry, and Geneva counties – had regained 5,276 of the nearly 8,000 jobs lost since February, or roughly 66 percent.

The area hardest hit was the leisure and hospitality industry,

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