While job opportunities in the travel industry have increased over the past year, the U.S. has seen an immense amount of growth throughout the hospitality and tourism fields as well. According to a press release from the U.S. Travel Association, not only has it regained 100 percent of the jobs lost to the Great Recession, but it also boasts an 11 percent increase in the number of employment opportunities that were available in February 2008.
The release added that jobs within the travel sector grew 19 percent faster than other areas around the country, creating 7,000 jobs in January. Roger Dow, U.S. Travel CEO and president, said that the industry plans to expand throughout the year.
"The latest data leaves little room for doubt: travel is a job-creating powerhouse," Dow said in the release. "It's nice to have reached this milestone, but there is much more we can do to build upon this record of success. We're excited about the possibilities our industry holds for the U.S. economy and workers."
Additionally, the U.S. Travel Association reports that currently 14.6 million Americans hold jobs in the sector, which generates $2 trillion a year and is a top-10 employer throughout the country.