Accommodation and Food Services: NAICS 72

About the Accommodation and Food Services sector

The accommodation and food services sector is part of the leisure and hospitality supersector.

The Accommodation and Food Services sector comprises establishments providing customers with lodging and/or preparing meals, snacks, and beverages for immediate consumption. The sector includes both accommodation and food services establishments because the two activities are often combined at the same establishment.

North American Industry Classification System

The accommodation and food services sector consists of these subsectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in accommodation and food services. 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, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment, Unemployment, and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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Jun.
2018
Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018
Sep.
2018

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

13,979.9 13,991.3 (p)14,013.8 (p)13,990.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

12,740.1 12,787.0 (p)12,777.9  

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

6.1% 5.2% 5.8% 5.3%

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

853 980 (p)954  

Hires

1,029 1,010 (p)988  

Separations

859 1,001 (p)1,091  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

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

Union Membership and Representation

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2014 2015 2016 2017

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

2.5% 2.4% 2.5% 2.2%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

3.0% 2.9% 2.9% 2.6%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2017

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

3,069,730

Cooks, fast food

487,400

Cooks, restaurant

1,207,010

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

242,250

Waiters and waitresses

2,403,430

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for accommodation and food services.

(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. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in accommodation and food services. 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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May
2018
Jun.
2018
Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018

Average hourly earnings

$14.99 $14.90 $14.97 (p)$15.01

Average weekly hours

26.5 26.8 27.1 (p)26.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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May
2018
Jun.
2018
Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018

Average hourly earnings

$13.32 $13.26 $13.31 (p)$13.38

Average weekly hours

25.4 25.6 26.0 (p)25.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2014 2015 2016 2017

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$481 $492 $504 $513

Members of unions

$602 $579 $642 $636

Represented by unions

$591 $558 $637 $620

Nonunion

$478 $489 $501 $510

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2017
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

9.57 9.99 19,910 20,770

Cooks, fast food

10.11 10.37 21,020 21,560

Cooks, restaurant

12.06 12.67 25,090 26,350

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

10.95 11.62 22,780 24,180

Waiters and waitresses

10.00 12.15 20,810 25,280

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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3rd quarter
2017
4th quarter
2017
1st quarter
2018
2nd quarter
2018

12-month percent change

Total compensation

3.3% 3.6% 3.2% 3.1%

Wages and salaries

3.4% 3.7% 3.4% 3.3%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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2nd quarter 2018
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

13.19 100.0

Wages and salaries

10.49 79.5

Total benefits

2.70 20.5

Insurance

0.70 5.3

Retirement

0.16 1.2

(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 accommodation and food services. 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 2013 2014 2015 2016

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

138 136 143 202

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

Data series 2016

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

1.4

Cases involving days away from work

0.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5

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 in accommodation and food services.

Establishments

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2nd quarter
2017
3rd quarter
2017
4th quarter
2017
1st quarter
2018

Number of establishments

Private industry

697,968 700,851 703,891 (p)706,076

Local government

691 686 687 (p)692

State government

17 17 17 (p)17

Federal government

392 392 394 (p)400

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: October 16, 2018