U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ April employment report:

“Leisure and Hospitality job gains were the worst since the end of 2020 and represent 1.4 million (8.5%) of pre-pandemic jobs remain lost. A lack of available workers to fill the 1.7 million job openings, coupled with the lagging recovery of business and international travel spending, continues travel’s uneven rebound.”


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David James

Vice President, Media Relations

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