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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011, Posted On: 8/8/2011

Leisure Spending And Jobs Grow In 34 States

Marcus Webb
amusement business, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, leisure economy, hospitality economy, leisure industry jobs, leisure industry spending, On Numbers

WASHINGTON -- According to an analysis of a December 2010 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34 states and the District of Columbia have seen job growth in the leisure and hospitality sector between 2006 and 2010.

Texas, the national leader in job growth, is also first in new leisure employment growth with 97,100 new jobs in the sector, a 10.3% spurt.

Other states considered job-producing leaders over the five-year period are New York with 67,200 jobs, Massachusetts with 22,800 and North Carolina with 20,900.

California, Pennsylvania and Minnesota each gained more than 10,000 jobs in the sector during the period.

The worst performers in the study are Michigan and Nevada, losing 31,000 and 18,400 jobs, respectively, in the leisure and hospitality sector for the period.

The study was generated by On Numbers, a publication of American City Business Journals Inc. | SEE STORY

The leisure and hospitality sector in the study includes hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, casinos, museums, performing arts companies and professional sports teams.

The study concluded that the U.S. overall lost 505,000 jobs in the sector during the recession from November 2007 to November 2009, but regained 150,000 of those jobs in the past year.

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