U.S. Employment Trends

Travel Employment Spikes in November

Travel industry hiring momentum picked up significantly, posting the highest monthly gain since July.

The travel industry added 6,600 jobs in November, the highest monthly gain since July, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s analysis of Friday’s Labor Department employment report.

Infographic - U.S. Monthly Travel Employment

Job gains occurred mostly in the amusement/gambling/recreation and food/beverage service industries. Employment in other travel-related sectors, including in lodging and airlines, saw little change in November. So far this year, the travel industry has added 54,100 jobs, an average of 4,900 jobs per month.

The travel industry remains a consistent job creator for the U.S. economy, adding new jobs 8 out of the last 12 months and continuing to support one in nine American jobs. Since the post-recession employment recovery began in March 2010, travel employment has increased by 13.3 percent, compared to the 11.8 percent employment growth in the rest of the economy during that time.

The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that total nonfarm employment increased by 178,000 in November. The overall unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent.

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