Leisure and Hospitality Employment Trends

Florida Metro Areas

August 2020 Update


The leisure and hospitality sector in Florida’s metropolitan areas added 33,900 jobs in July led by Orlando and Pensacola.

Using Localintel's free and publicly accessible Industry Job Tracker, this report provides 7 observations highlighting changes in manufacturing employment levels for the state's metro areas. At the time of writing, the Tracker draws on the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as released on August 21, 2020.

Observation 1

These 5 Florida metro areas recorded the steepest increase in leisure and hospitality jobs last month (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent6.8%1,500
Punta Gorda3.0%200
Sebastian-Vero Beach2.6%200
Crestview-Fort Walton   Beach-Destin1.0%200

Observation 2

These 5 Florida areas experienced the largest gains in leisure and hospitality jobs in July 2020 (measured by the change in the number of manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Namechange in jobs% increase
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent1,5006.8%
Punta Gorda2003.0%
Sebastian-Vero Beach2002.6%
Crestview-Fort Walton   Beach-Destin2001.0%

Observation 3

The following metro areas in Florida recorded leisure and hospitality job losses in July 2020 (measured by percentage change in jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Cape Coral-Fort Myers-10.5%-3,600
West Palm Beach-Boca   Raton-Delray Beach-9.0%-6,200
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall-5.4%-6,300
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton-3.5%-1,300
Lakeland-Winter Haven-3.4%-700

Observation 4

The following 5 cities contain the largest number of leisure and hospitality jobs in Florida. Large job gains in Orlando were offset slightly by losses in the other 4 metro areas.

Nametotal jobschange in jobs
Tampa-St.   Petersburg-Clearwater133,400-2,400
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall111,200-6,300
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano   Beach-Deerfield Beach67,400-1,300

Observation 5

The following 5 Florida metro areas have the highest concentration of leisure and hospitality jobs in the state (measured by location quotient). They added a combined total of 56,500 leisure and hospitality jobs in July.

NameLQchange in jobs
Crestview-Fort Walton   Beach-Destin1.9200
Panama City1.7-100
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island1.7-400
Sebastian-Vero Beach1.6200

Observation 6

In July 2020, there were 263,500 fewer leisure and hospitality jobs in Florida metros than in July 2019.

Want to know more?

Localintel’s interactive Industry Job Tracker can be accessed at www.ecdev.org/Insight/job-tracker. We created the Tracker to help economic developers and policy makers keep an eye on employment change in the nation’s metropolitan areas. The online tool draws on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is updated monthly by Localintel.

Data source

Localintel’s Industry Job Tracker presents data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics survey (establishment survey). The establishment survey provides information on employment, hours, and earnings of employees on nonfarm payrolls. BLS collects this data each month from a sample of over 390,000 establishments employing over 47 million nonfarm wage and salary workers, full or part time, who receive pay during the payroll period which includes the 12th of the month. According to the BLS, statistics based on the establishment survey are subject to both sampling and non-sampling error. BLS analyses are generally conducted at the 90-percent level of confidence. The BLS does not seasonally adjust the industry specific employment data for metro areas. Localintel updates the Industry Job Tracker each month with the latest BLS establishment survey data for metro areas. The Tracker identifies the period to which the data applies and when the last update occurred. More information about the Current Employment Statistics program can be found at https://www.bls.gov/ces/. Definitions for Metropolitan Areas and how the BLS measures geographic areas can be accessed at https://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/topic/geographic-area-definitions.htm.   

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