Leisure & Hospitality (L&H) is an official industry category defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). L&H employment trends are often used as a proxy for travel industry employment since there is significant overlap between the two categories.
The following document explains the similarities and differences between L&H and travel employment.
L&H data is available monthly from BLS.
Direct and Indirect travel employment is calculated annually by U.S. Travel and Tourism Economics.
After six consecutive months of job growth in L&H, no jobs were added in August. Even after 6 months of growth, L&H still accounts for 32% of all jobs lost and not yet recovered. And while the sector’s unemployment rate has generally shifted down, at 9.1% it is still much higher than the 5.2% total unemployment rate in the total economy. These figures underscore how disproportionately the L&H sector was impacted by the pandemic.
The attached report, prepared by Tourism Economics, analyzes the latest trends in the L&H industry and is updated monthly.