Tourism Boosts California’s Economy

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest data indicates that California’s unemployment rate has dropped to 8.6 percent, with the leisure and hospitality industry adding the most jobs By: Kelly Rosenfeld
The tourism industry has created thousands of new jobs in California. // © 2013 Thinkstock
The tourism industry has created thousands of new jobs in California. // © 2013 Thinkstock

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest data indicates that California’s unemployment rate has dropped to 8.6 percent, with the leisure and hospitality industry adding the most jobs.

“California’s travel and tourism industry is a leading economic engine for the state,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “As the industry continues to grow, it’s no surprise that the largest component of the travel and tourism industry — leisure and hospitality — has recently added 9,000 new jobs, more than any other industry.”

Beteta cited a recent report by Dean Runyan Associates which demonstrated the economic boost of tourism in California in 2011, including more than $22 billion of tourist spending in Los Angeles, $12 billion in San Diego and $11 billion in San Francisco. www.visitcalifornia.com

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