Employment in tourism shoots up in October after the Covid crisis
The tourism sector closed October with 2,543,749 members of Social Securitythe best data of the entire historical series for this month, and which also represents an increase of 6.4% compared to a year earlier, according to data released this Thursday by Turespaña. In addition, employment in the sector in October exceeded the figure registered in 2019, before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, by accounting for 109,668 more workers.
With this new increase, tourism employment chains 17 consecutive months of promotions. Specific, Affiliates in tourist activities increased by 152,740 workers compared to a year ago to represent 12.6% of the total in the national economy.
The variation was positive in all tourism branches: in the hotel industry the increase was 85,647 members (53,997 in food and beverage services and 31,650 in accommodation services); travel agencies registered 4,794 new registrations, while in the group of other tourist activities the increase reached 62,299 workers.
With all this, the number of employees in the sector, which represents 80.7% of the totalalso grew by 8% compared to the same month in 2021, while self-employment increased by 0.2%. By autonomous community, employment in the hotel industry as a whole and travel agencies/tour operators increased in October in all of them with the exception of the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.
In absolute figures, the greatest growth occurred in Catalonia, Andalusia, the Canary Islands, the Community of Madrid and the Valencian Community. In relative terms, the year-on-year increase in the Canary Islands (9.9%), Catalonia (7.8%), or Andalusia (6.2%) stands out.
One in three jobs were created in tourism
As indicated by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, maroto kingsone in three new jobs in October was created in the tourism sector, which demonstrates the decisive contribution of this industry to the recovery of the economy and employment in Spain.
In this sense, he stressed that the growth of affiliation compared to a record year such as 2019 it has intensified in October with respect to the records of the summer months, which could be indicating the prolongation of the summer season and contributing to the objective of seasonally adjusting tourist flows.
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