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Orlando Reports Sharpest Decline in Hotel Jobs

Washington, DC (December 20) -- Ten of 19 metropolitan areas with large numbers
of hotel jobs are still losing those jobs, according to a recent review of hotel
employment figures by the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute.

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employment in 19 metro areas that employ the most hotel workers, see chart
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Washington, DC (December 20) -- Ten of 19 metropolitan areas with large numbers
of hotel jobs are still losing those jobs, according to a recent review of hotel
employment figures by the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute.

The metro areas still losing hotel jobs are Orlando, Atlanta, San Francisco,
Phoenix, Atlantic City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Reno, Houston, and Miami.

Orlando has lost the greatest percentage of jobs in the last two years, the
review found.


Jobs appear to be recovering in five major hotel metropolitan areas--Honolulu,
New York, Washington, Las Vegas, and Dallas. In October 2002, these areas had
fewer hotel jobs than in October 2000, but more than in October 2001. This
suggests that, although hotel jobs in these areas have not yet recovered from
the combined effects of the recession and the September 11 attacks, they are
beginning to increase.


Tampa, which lost jobs since October 2000 but neither gained nor lost jobs since
October 2001, is on the borderline between this group of metropolitan areas and
the group that is still losing hotel jobs.


Three of the major hotel metropolitan areas--San Diego, New Orleans, and
Riverside--had net gains of hotel jobs over the last two years. In these areas,
hotel employment was higher in October 2002 than in either October 2000 or
October 2001. The effects of the recession and the September 11 attacks on hotel
jobs in these areas were smaller or shorter in duration than those that other
major hotel areas suffered.


From the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute




*Data are for hotels and other lodging places,
except Las Vegas and Reno (hotels, gambling, and recreation services) and
Atlantic City (casino hotels).

**Washington, D.C., data are for District of Columbia only. Washington, D.C.,
metropolitan area data are not available

Note: Metropolitan areas shown are 19 of the 20 metropolitan areas with the
largest hotel employment. Boston data are not available. Data are not seasonally
adjusted. Data for most recent month are preliminary and may be revised in the
future.

Source: WAI analysis of BLS Current Employment Statistics data.



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