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Summer surge: Strong-growth industries with seasonal employment spikes

| August 2018

For millions of people, summertime means enjoying activities such as attending outdoor performances, visiting amusement parks, or sightseeing. For millions of jobseekers, it means employment opportunity in the venues that serve these guests. And opportunities are expected to remain strong in these industries from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The chart illustrates selected industries that typically show employment increases in June, July, or August on a not seasonally adjusted basis over the past decade—even during the most recent recession. In each of these industries, employment dipped during winter months to reach its lowest level for the year in January or February. And their overall employment levels have rebounded from declines since the recession.

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 Employment in selected industries, June 2007 to June 2017 (not seasonally adjusted)
Month and year Food services and drinking places Amusements, gambling, and recreation Performing arts and spectator sports Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions Scenic and sightseeing transportation

Jun 2007

9,836,500 1,654,700 427,800 142,900 33,200

Jul 2007

9,818,800 1,694,400 425,000 146,600 37,000

Aug 2007

9,829,000 1,654,900 428,000 141,700 36,700

Sep 2007

9,696,800 1,482,000 415,900 134,400 33,500

Oct 2007

9,634,900 1,396,300 411,200 133,500 29,300

Nov 2007

9,596,900 1,314,300 400,900 127,600 26,700

Dec 2007

9,575,100 1,316,300 398,900 125,500 25,100

Jan 2008

9,339,100 1,278,800 367,800 121,300 22,200

Feb 2008

9,377,200 1,289,000 380,100 119,600 22,000

Mar 2008

9,493,500 1,328,200 385,000 124,000 23,100

Apr 2008

9,619,900 1,392,000 415,100 130,000 25,200

May 2008

9,762,400 1,491,500 429,800 139,100 29,800

Jun 2008

9,859,100 1,647,500 436,900 144,000 33,900

Jul 2008

9,847,200 1,687,900 434,800 146,900 36,200

Aug 2008

9,832,900 1,648,100 436,400 143,000 35,500

Sep 2008

9,655,200 1,465,300 411,800 132,300 31,800

Oct 2008

9,542,000 1,382,600 398,800 129,800 28,600

Nov 2008

9,451,100 1,291,200 385,200 125,900 24,500

Dec 2008

9,390,800 1,291,800 386,300 123,300 23,400

Jan 2009

9,156,400 1,251,000 365,100 118,700 21,000

Feb 2009

9,155,500 1,259,300 368,200 118,500 20,500

Mar 2009

9,260,400 1,282,400 375,400 120,200 20,900

Apr 2009

9,394,200 1,341,600 397,100 127,000 24,600

May 2009

9,584,100 1,438,800 417,900 136,300 29,900

Jun 2009

9,675,600 1,579,600 419,500 141,800 33,200

Jul 2009

9,649,800 1,633,200 431,500 143,800 36,800

Aug 2009

9,629,600 1,596,700 423,800 140,300 36,000

Sep 2009

9,454,600 1,450,100 411,900 131,800 32,800

Oct 2009

9,348,000 1,338,900 396,000 130,200 27,700

Nov 2009

9,279,400 1,253,900 380,100 123,800 23,700

Dec 2009

9,198,600 1,245,200 375,300 120,800 23,800

Jan 2010

8,987,900 1,209,700 349,700 115,400 19,900

Feb 2010

9,003,300 1,214,500 365,800 114,900 20,200

Mar 2010

9,159,400 1,251,100 369,900 119,300 20,700

Apr 2010

9,343,000 1,332,300 407,400 125,700 24,700

May 2010

9,506,100 1,420,100 430,800 132,900 29,500

Jun 2010

9,589,900 1,600,400 432,000 140,200 34,100

Jul 2010

9,566,200 1,646,900 449,400 143,800 36,000

Aug 2010

9,603,500 1,604,100 447,500 139,200 35,500

Sep 2010

9,519,400 1,444,100 446,500 130,300 33,000

Oct 2010

9,458,900 1,339,600 403,900 127,000 28,500

Nov 2010

9,403,300 1,247,900 387,400 122,800 23,600

Dec 2010

9,368,600 1,241,700 384,400 120,700 22,000

Jan 2011

9,132,100 1,198,800 349,900 116,500 19,300

Feb 2011

9,218,600 1,216,800 369,300 118,700 20,300

Mar 2011

9,396,300 1,262,100 378,300 122,700 21,700

Apr 2011

9,605,800 1,345,000 403,400 131,500 23,400

May 2011

9,768,700 1,434,700 406,800 136,300 30,900

Jun 2011

9,873,100 1,612,600 413,600 145,500 35,600

Jul 2011

9,835,500 1,665,300 417,300 148,100 36,700

Aug 2011

9,876,500 1,625,200 416,900 145,800 35,600

Sep 2011

9,770,600 1,452,900 420,200 134,600 32,400

Oct 2011

9,723,400 1,355,600 399,000 134,100 28,700

Nov 2011

9,714,200 1,269,300 382,700 129,800 23,600

Dec 2011

9,682,300 1,267,500 373,300 129,100 21,900

Jan 2012

9,467,400 1,243,000 356,400 123,700 19,300

Feb 2012

9,564,400 1,257,100 368,200 123,800 20,900

Mar 2012

9,754,800 1,311,200 388,000 128,800 22,800

Apr 2012

9,935,300 1,371,900 411,900 132,800 25,800

May 2012

10,102,100 1,467,600 422,600 138,700 29,100

Jun 2012

10,192,200 1,647,200 417,500 149,000 34,700

Jul 2012

10,165,700 1,698,100 423,800 148,900 35,500

Aug 2012

10,224,600 1,667,800 430,700 147,200 35,300

Sep 2012

10,145,300 1,479,000 420,000 138,800 33,200

Oct 2012

10,075,300 1,395,100 407,300 137,200 28,800

Nov 2012

10,030,400 1,313,600 389,900 132,900 25,700

Dec 2012

10,037,800 1,309,700 392,200 131,400 24,500

Jan 2013

9,809,500 1,277,900 364,300 126,400 20,500

Feb 2013

9,912,400 1,287,300 382,400 128,100 21,900

Mar 2013

10,076,600 1,339,700 402,100 133,300 23,600

Apr 2013

10,290,000 1,396,600 434,800 137,600 26,100

May 2013

10,490,600 1,517,300 439,900 144,500 31,100

Jun 2013

10,611,300 1,713,000 437,200 151,000 37,200

Jul 2013

10,619,100 1,756,900 432,500 151,900 37,500

Aug 2013

10,653,000 1,704,500 443,100 148,600 36,800

Sep 2013

10,521,900 1,510,500 430,700 143,200 34,200

Oct 2013

10,471,200 1,434,700 429,100 142,500 29,200

Nov 2013

10,448,800 1,346,400 421,800 139,500 25,900

Dec 2013

10,406,200 1,357,500 412,700 137,000 25,300

Jan 2014

10,187,800 1,327,100 389,400 132,300 22,800

Feb 2014

10,242,200 1,334,700 405,100 134,000 23,100

Mar 2014

10,434,200 1,368,500 421,000 138,000 24,500

Apr 2014

10,643,700 1,437,500 455,300 143,700 27,000

May 2014

10,845,100 1,566,600 467,700 153,100 33,800

Jun 2014

10,959,400 1,748,800 468,700 159,000 37,800

Jul 2014

10,931,400 1,803,100 464,800 160,400 39,600

Aug 2014

10,959,600 1,741,700 468,100 157,300 39,400

Sep 2014

10,845,400 1,550,400 460,700 148,600 35,500

Oct 2014

10,810,100 1,485,700 453,500 148,400 31,700

Nov 2014

10,765,500 1,396,300 436,000 145,100 26,300

Dec 2014

10,755,300 1,394,300 429,800 142,300 26,000

Jan 2015

10,526,600 1,358,700 393,500 137,700 24,000

Feb 2015

10,625,700 1,372,500 406,000 137,900 24,500

Mar 2015

10,765,400 1,410,400 428,900 142,900 25,100

Apr 2015

10,989,400 1,485,200 455,500 149,300 28,700

May 2015

11,177,000 1,622,800 482,800 157,300 35,100

Jun 2015

11,310,800 1,802,200 475,300 165,800 40,300

Jul 2015

11,310,900 1,853,900 476,500 169,000 42,700

Aug 2015

11,340,500 1,797,600 479,600 165,600 44,000

Sep 2015

11,228,000 1,615,300 469,600 157,000 40,400

Oct 2015

11,222,400 1,532,300 463,000 156,000 34,600

Nov 2015

11,178,700 1,458,900 438,400 149,200 28,400

Dec 2015

11,174,100 1,447,700 435,200 147,700 27,300

Jan 2016

10,953,700 1,409,500 399,600 142,100 24,300

Feb 2016

11,038,800 1,428,000 419,000 141,400 24,700

Mar 2016

11,196,800 1,480,300 438,900 148,600 26,300

Apr 2016

11,400,900 1,552,700 472,300 155,700 30,600

May 2016

11,582,900 1,668,700 477,200 165,900 36,700

Jun 2016

11,711,100 1,878,300 495,600 176,200 42,900

Jul 2016

11,674,800 1,936,200 506,900 178,700 46,400

Aug 2016

11,717,000 1,879,700 503,600 174,600 47,300

Sep 2016

11,594,100 1,674,200 487,600 162,400 42,000

Oct 2016

11,537,900 1,591,100 473,700 162,200 35,100

Nov 2016

11,494,300 1,530,500 453,000 153,900 28,600

Dec 2016

11,474,300 1,501,200 445,800 152,900 28,900

Jan 2017

11,212,100 1,462,100 420,000 146,900 24,700

Feb 2017

11,312,700 1,483,200 437,700 148,400 24,900

Mar 2017

11,477,400 1,515,700 452,000 152,600 27,000

Apr 2017

11,667,400 1,600,900 503,000 160,700 30,900

May 2017

11,876,100 1,711,900 519,600 172,100 39,400

Jun 2017

12,004,100 1,924,900 532,700 185,700 45,300

Note: Data are not seasonally adjusted in order to show cyclical movement. Seasonal adjustment eliminates the change in regularly recurring movement that is attributable to normal seasonal variation in the data.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics.

Industries shown in the chart are also among those projected to have solid long-term growth through 2026, either from rapid increases in employment or because of many new jobs. For example, employment in museums, historical sites, and similar institutions is projected to grow 26 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the 7-percent industry average for all wage and salary workers. And food services and drinking places is projected to add nearly 1.1 million jobs over the decade, the most new jobs of any industry.

Data in the chart are from the BLS Current Employment Statistics (CES) program, a monthly survey of businesses. CES produces estimates like these for the nation and for states and metropolitan areas. Projections data are from the BLS Employment Projections program.

About the Author

Domingo Angeles is an economist in the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, BLS. He can be reached at angeles.domingo@bls.gov .

Suggested citation:

Domingo Angeles, "Summer surge: Strong-growth industries with seasonal employment spikes," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2018.

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