Beyond the Numbers

EMPLOYMENT & UNEMPLOYMENT   •  Jul 2014  •  Volume 3 / Number 16

Restaurants help feed job growth: how the leisure and hospitality industry fared after the recent employment downturn

Restaurants help feed job growth: how the leisure and hospitality industry fared after the recent employment downturn

The leisure and hospitality industry gained more than 1.6 million jobs during the recent employment recovery, accounting for almost 1 out of every 5 nonfarm jobs added. Other industries had similar or larger job gains, but the leisure and hospitality industry is interesting because so many of the jobs were created in very few component industries. This article examines recent trends in the leisure and hospitality industry and analyzes the concentrated distribution of job gains.

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