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Boston hospitality jobs grow

Posted on September 30, 2017

New labor statistics show that Boston hospitality jobs are climbing.

Employment in the Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Mass.-N.H. Metropolitan New England City and Town Area stood at 2,779,200 in July 2017, up 57,000 from one year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Education and health services, the largest industry in the Boston area, had the largest local employment gain, adding 22,900 jobs from July 2016 to July 2017. The 4.1-percent rate of local job growth in this supersector outpaced the 2.3-percent gain nationwide.

Professional and business services had the next largest annual employment gain in the Boston area from July 2016, adding 10,700 jobs. The 2.2-percent rate of job growth in Boston’s professional and business services supersector lagged the 2.9-percent nationwide gain.

The leisure and hospitality and financial activities supersectors added 7,400 and 4,800 jobs respectively. The rates of local job growth in both supersectors outpaced their respective national rates of job gains.

Three other supersectors in the Boston area gained at least 1,000 jobs over the year—other services (+3,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,600) and government (+1,800). The 3.6-percent local rate of job growth in other services exceeded the nationwide gain of 1.4 percent. The local rates of job growth in trade, transportation, and utilities and government were similar to those for the nation.