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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.

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.

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

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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