A new report from management solutions provider ADP shows employment increased for both the leisure and hospitality industry and small businesses in April.
The April ADP National Employment Report shows that private sector employment increased by 204,000 jobs from March to April. The report, which is derived from ADP's actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.
The leisure and hospitality sector added 36,000 jobs, according to the report, more than natural resources / mining (7,000), construction (27,000) and manufacturing (10,000), but less than professional / business services (58,000) and education / health services (39,000).
Small businesses added a total of 62,000 jobs, evenly split between businesses of one to 19 employees and businesses of 20 to 49 employees. That’s more than large businesses added (54,000) but less than medium businesses (88,000).
The increase in April is another strong sign for the leisure and hospitality sector. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the sector added 5,000 jobs in March, the last month for which BLS data is available. Travel booking jobs fell slightly in March, although that followed four straight months of gains since last December.
Zooming in on travel agents specifically, the most recent report available is from Hot Travel Jobs, which covers the full year of 2017. In new data released from that report, overall employment among travel agents was up 2 percent last year, and the length of unemployment decreased as well.