Opportunities in Leisure and Hospitality | Go Where the Growth Is
Published in the July/August 2011 issue of print Search & Employ®
With the unemployment rate hovering around nine percent, it can be hard for job hunters to find the ideal industry to target for future employment. But one sector that’s on the rise – even when seasonality is eliminated – is leisure and hospitality. In April, for example, that sector added more than 46,000 jobs, making it one of the biggest gainers of the month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor.
“The Employment Situation – April 2011” report from the BLS revealed that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 jobs overall in April 2011, with the private sector adding 268,000 jobs – the largest monthly increase since February 2006. The gains occurred mostly in service-providing industries such as retail trade, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.
Much of that has to do with consumer confidence. As consumers feel better about their finances, they are more willing to spend their money on travel, dining out, and other such activities. Consumer confidence had been climbing steadily rise before taking a slight hit in May, due in part to higher gas prices and a still-troublesome housing market.
Job seekers should keep in mind that leisure and hospitality businesses include a wide variety of establishments other than restaurants and hotels. There are good careers to be found in supporting businesses, including those that provide uniforms for people who work in restaurants and hotels as well as those that help maintain the landscapes of tourist areas and other facilities.