David Huether is the senior vice president for research at the U.S. Travel Association, where he manages the association’s economic, marketing and advocacy research programs.

Prior to joining U.S. Travel in January 2011, Huether held the position of Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In this role, he served as the organization’s economic forecaster, as well as a principal spokesman on economic matters important to America’s industrial base. Before coming to the NAM in 1997, Huether worked as an economist with the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

He received his bachelor’s degree from Guilford College in 1990, and his graduate degree in economics from the George Washington University in 1997.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we cover the status of federal government funding, next steps for National Parks legislation and spotlight our latest Travel Trends Index.

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Travel Posts Largest Monthly Employment Gain in Nearly Three Years

February 01, 2019

Travel was a major factor in the overall 304,000-job increase in nonfarm employment in January, accounting for 11 percent of the rise in U.S. employment last month.

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Partial Government Shutdown Costs U.S. Travel Economy More Than $100M Daily

January 07, 2019

The partial federal government shutdown could reach a cost of more than $100 million daily for the U.S. economy just through the impact on travel. 

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January 04, 2019

The travel industry ended 2018 on a high note, adding 21,600 jobs in December.

December 17, 2018

The forecast report provides in-depth analysis and context to the previously released forecast table, to better inform our membership of travel industry performance over the past several years and to paint a clearer picture of the future of travel to and within the U.S.

October 12, 2018
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll learn about travel-related provisions in the newly passed FAA bill, developments toward the renewal of Brand USA, and the latest insights from our Travel Trends Index.


August 31, 2018
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll learn about our efforts to help protect America’s national parks, get the latest travel forecast from U.S. Travel researchers, and hear about two new resources we’re delivering for our industry’s use.


August 03, 2018

The Labor Department reported today that the economy added 157,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in July, while the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent.

June 08, 2018
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The U.S. Census Bureau announced this week that the U.S. merchandise trade deficit with China hit an all-time high through April, topping out at more than $119 billion for the first four months of the year.