Here’s a little focus on what so many people take for granted (or moan about with long lines or a decline in service and simultaneous hike in prices). The travel industry, in 2012, created 81,000 new jobs in 2012!
Travel is a significant employment sector—more than 7.6 million Americans work in the travel biz—and we added more jobs in this category last year than educational services, real estate, construction, utilities, information, or mining. Travel job creation was 14% faster than the rest of the economy, and the industry is a Top Ten employer of middle-class wage earners.
That’s the kind of economic indicator I like! This information and much deeper analysis is via the U.S. Travel Association.