Leisure and Hospitality Employment Continues Moderate Growth
Release Date: Mar 07, 2013
Recently-released January 2013 employment data showed Minnesota’s leisure and hospitality industry adding 1,700 jobs in January compared with December, and adding 2,800 jobs over the year since January 2012. This news was included in a March 5 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release. The leisure and hospitality industry includes many travel and tourism businesses such as restaurants, overnight accommodations and attractions, accounting for 240,000 private sector jobs in Minnesota in 2011.
DEED also released employment revisions that extend back almost two years, including significant upward revisions to leisure and hospitality data for most of 2011 and 2012. Previous employment estimates had painted a less favorable picture of the industry during the economic recovery. Steve Hine, Minnesota’s chief labor market analyst, noted in a March 6 Minnesota Public Radio News story: “The fact that leisure and hospitality has not been losing jobs the way we had initially been reporting, I think speaks to the fact that consumer spending has been contributing more than our initial employment estimate would indicate.”