By Dan Peltier
The U.S. government is celebrating an optimistic jobs report released today which finds the U.S. gained 287,000 jobs in June 2016, the best single month gain since October 2015, and the hospitality industry is part of that uptick with some of the highest job growth.
With the U.S. in the middle of the summer jobs season, the hospitality industry added 59,000 jobs in June, or 20 percent of all new U.S. jobs created last month, for a total of 15.5 million employees in the sector as of June 30, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These include positions at hotels, restaurants, museum and attractions.
Those 15.5 million employees represent a giant patchwork of jobs that aren’t all directly supported by travelers.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, 8.2 million of those jobs are directly supported by money travelers spend during their trips. That’s a new record for jobs supported by travelers and June was one of the strongest months for jobs gains in the industry since last year.
Since employment recovery began in February 2010, 972,000 U.S. jobs have been added that are directly supported by travelers, and “that’s being delivered primarily by domestic leisure travel,” said David Huether, U.S. Travel’s senior vice president of research.
“One of the reasons for this is because the inflation in travel has come down compared to overall inflation. The decline in fuel prices and airfare and gasoline for cars is making travel more affordable. Travel industry jobs have grown 18 percent faster than the rest of the economy since 2010, so the June numbers are welcome news.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics found an average of 27,000 hospitality jobs have been added each month so far in 2016 but that is down from an average of 37,000 a month in 2015. “My hunch is that we won’t be creating 20 to 30,000 new jobs every single month in the near-term because international inbound travel is slowing,” said Huether.