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The travel and tourism industry consists of an extremely broad range of businesses and services, and there was broad yet modest employment gains across many of its sectors.

Hotels have seldom been busier, restaurants have wait times, and planes, as we know, are packed.

The U.S. travel and tourism industriy is rebounding from the recession and is enjoying revived demand from domestic travelers and foreign visitors, which results in more jobs across travel sectors.

Travel and tourism-related employment increased 1.9 percent to 7.6 million jobs in 2013, a gain of 146,000 jobs from 2012, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The larger workforce comes directly as a result of a 4 percent increase in industry-related spending, totaling almost $1.5 trillion in 2013.

The U.S. travel and tourism industry can be measured in the goods and services sold to visitors, including hotel rooms, meals, plane tickets, and souvenirs.

Industry growth, up 3.5 percent in 2013, outpaced broader economic growth as measured by a 1.9 percent increased in GDP that year, the Depattment of Commerce states.. Total industry exports have more than doubled since 2003 and now account for almost one-third of all U.S. service exports.

The food services industry is the largest direct employer (5.4 million) in the travel and tourism industry, followed closely by the traveler accommodations sector (1.4 million) and transportation (1 million).

The data, provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, go into even more detail below:

U.S. Travel Employment by Sector 2013

SECTOR EMPLOYMENT (thousands) Percent Change (2013 v. 2012)
All Tourism Industries 5,366 2.2
Traveler Accommodations 1,367 2.3
Vacation Home Rentals 8 0
Food Services and Drinking Places 1,771 3.9
Transportation 1,051 0.7
Air Transportation Services 441 -0.7
All Other Transportation-Related Industries 610 1.8
Rail Transportation Services 10 6.3
Water Transportation Services 30 1.8
Interurban Bus Transportation 19 -1.3
Interurban Charter Bus Transportation 13 -0.9
Urban Transit Systems & Other Transportation 47 2
Taxi Service 44 1.2
Scenic & Sightseeing Transportation Services 15 3.3
Automotive Equipment Rental & Leasing 93 3.7
Automotive Repair Services 45 -0.3
Parking Lots & Garages 16 4.2
Toll Highways 4 -0.3
Travel Arrangement & Reservation Services 172 0.9
Petroleum Refineries 8 1.8
Gasoline Service Stations 92 2.8
Recreation, Entertainment & Shopping 966 0.5
Recreation & Entertainment 534 0.8
Motion Pictures & Performing Arts 23 1.2
Spectators Sports 54 4.6
Participant Sports 218 1.9
Gambling 174 -2
All Other Recreation & Entertainment 65 1.2
Shopping 432 0.1
All Other Inudstries 204 2.3

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

Tags: hospitality, labor, usa

Photo credit: American Airlines employees at LaGuardia Airport examing the airline's then-new livery. Dennis Schaal