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Texas, NY lead in hospitality growth

Much of the state’s economy may be struggling, but New York’s leisure and hospitality sector is definitely on the rebound.

New figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that New York has added 52,200 jobs in the L&H sector during the past five years. Only Texas has done better, adding 108,700 leisure and hospitality jobs since August 2005.

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have registered gains in L&H employment during the past five years, while 14 states have suffered declines.

The L&H sector encompasses a broad range of industries, including restaurants, bars, hotels, motels, theaters, museums and professional sports teams.

Three other states join Texas and New York in adding at least 20,000 jobs in the sector since 2005: North Carolina (up 26,600 jobs), Pennsylvania (up 21,800), and Maryland (up 20,200).

The sharpest declines have occured in Michigan, which has lost 27,900 leisure and hospitality jobs in the past five years; Nevada, which is down 27,500; and Florida, which is down 27,000.


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