Slight increase in December caps off a year of slower growth, though travel employment ended the year at a record high of over 8.2 million jobs added.
Marking its ninth increase in the past 12 months, the travel industry added 4,900 jobs in December, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s analysis of Friday’s Labor Department Employment report.
December’s travel job gains were seen mainly in the food/beverage services and lodging segments. Airline employment changed little during the month, while the amusement/gambling/recreation segments lost jobs.
The travel industry added a total of 69,900 jobs during the 2016 calendar year. While still in positive territory, this muted growth, due in part to weaker international demand, follows the addition of 93,200 jobs in 2015.
The travel industry accounted for 3.2 percent of total non-farm jobs added in 2016, and remains a consistent employment engine for the U.S. economy, continuing to support one in nine American jobs.
Today’s monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that total nonfarm employment rose by 156,000 in December. The overall unemployment rate remained little-changed at 4.7 percent.