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Industries at a Glance
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Leisure and Hospitality

About the Leisure and Hospitality supersector

The leisure and hospitality supersector is part of the service-providing industries supersector group.

The leisure and hospitality supersector consists of these sectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in leisure and hospitality. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, job openings and labor turnover, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment, Unemployment, and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

12,566 12,704 (p)13,110 (p)13,381

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

10,779 10,917 (p)11,286 (p)11,535

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

25.0% 21.3% 19.0% 16.3%

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

804 754 (p)761  

Hires

1,315 1,005 (p)1,017  

Separations

894 950 (p)949  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey)

Union Membership and Representation

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2016 2017 2018 2019

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

3.0% 2.9% 2.9% 2.9%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

3.5% 3.4% 3.5% 3.5%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

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2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

1,353 1,337 1,407 1,116

Gross job losses

1,407 1,409 1,218 1,660

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in leisure and hospitality, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$16.88 $17.00 (p)$17.06 (p)$17.10

Average weekly hours

25.5 25.8 (p)26.1 (p)26.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$14.54 $14.67 (p)$14.77 (p)$14.82

Average weekly hours

24.0 24.4 (p)24.7 (p)24.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2016 2017 2018 2019

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$528 $547 $584 $601

Members of unions

$670 $676 $700 $722

Represented by unions

$667 $669 $695 $698

Nonunion

$522 $538 $579 $597

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employer Compensation Costs

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4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020

12-month percent change

Total compensation

3.2% 3.6% 3.6% 4.1%

Wages and salaries

3.6% 3.9% 3.9% 4.4%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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2nd quarter 2020
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

16.11 100.0

Wages and salaries

12.73 79.0

Total benefits

3.38 21.0

Insurance

0.81 5.0

Retirement

0.23 1.4

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in leisure and hospitality. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

233 307 274 258

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2019

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

3.3

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.5

Cases involving days away from work

0.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in leisure and hospitality.

Establishments

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3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

884,491 891,544 (p)894,706 (p)887,692

Local government

4,690 4,687 (p)4,683  

State government

935 938 (p)933  

Federal government

1,515 1,521 (p)1,522  

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

269 294 239  

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

298 278 340  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: November 20, 2020