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Travel Industry Continues as One of the Prime Drivers of U.S. Economic Recovery

Travel-Generated Employment Adds 48,700 Jobs in Q1 2012, Contributing
6.1% of all Non-Farm Jobs Added During the Same Period


WASHINGTON, DC - May 7, 2012 – David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today's Labor Department report on April 2012 employment numbers :
  • "The U.S. travel industry continues to be one of the prime drivers of our nation's economic recovery, adding 7,000 new American jobs in April, bringing total direct employment to 7,581,000. Travel job growth was driven by the restaurants, lodging and airline sectors, offsetting declines in amusements, gambling and recreation.
  • "Travel-generated employment has risen by 48,700 in the first four months of 2012, contributing 6.1 percent of all non-farm jobs added during the same period. "Yet even amidst this growth, barriers to travel abound – from airport security hassles and crumbling infrastructure to high fuel costs and a visa system that can deter overseas travelers from visiting the U.S.
  • "Reducing or eliminating these barriers will strengthen our economy and create jobs by encouraging more Americans to travel the country and welcoming more international visitors to come to the U.S."
Huether is available for further analysis and comment.

The U.S. Travel Association
is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $1.9 trillion in economic output and supports 14.4 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.  Visit www.ustravel.org.  Follow us on Twitter @ustravel
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Contact:

Cathy Keefe
(202) 408-2183
ckeefe@ustravel.org





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