U.S. Employment Trends

U.S. Travel Employment Edges Up Slightly in September

U.S. travel industry employment increased overall in September 2016, though at a much slower pace than in previous months.

U.S. Travel Association

The domestic travel industry added 800 jobs in September, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s analysis of the monthly federal jobs report, marking the sector’s fourth consecutive month of job expansion. However, September’s travel jobs increase was fairly anemic in comparison to previous months.

Employment numbers in lodging and food/drink services continued to trend upward in September, while the arts/entertainment/recreation and transportation industries lost jobs. So far this year, the travel industry has added an average of 5,700 jobs per month.

Table - Monthly Travel Employment September 2016

Despite September’s growth slowdown, the travel industry overall remains a consistent job creator for the U.S. economy, adding new jobs 15 out of the last 20 months and continuing to support one in nine American jobs. Since the post-recession employment recovery began in early 2010, travel has outpaced job creation in the rest of the economy by 15 percent.

Last week’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that growth in total nonfarm employment increased by 156,000 in September, and the overall unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent.

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