The leisure and hospitality industry, sometimes called a “super sector,” comprises two distinct sectors — arts, entertainment and recreation and accommodation and food services — both of them heavily driven by trends in consumer spending. In 2016, leisure and hospitality contributed $57.9 billion to Texas’ GDP. Women account for 51 percent of the state’s 1.3 million jobs in this industry.
This industry contributed
to the state GDP in 2016.
Jobs held by Texas women in this industry
These jobs generate additional business activities that ultimately support more than 530,000 jobs in other industries of the Texas economy.
Sources: BEA, Emsi, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Number of Jobs
Average Annual Earnings
|Women's Jobs||Women's Share of Total Jobs|
|Leisure and Hospitality Total||1,302,818||$24,000||670,167||51%|
|Arts, Entertainment and Recreation||137,303||$39,657||65,134||47%|
|Performing Arts, Spectator Sports and Related Industries||28,262||$90,974||11,691||41%|
|Museums, Historical Sites and Similar Institutions||10,906||$37,472||6,518||60%|
|Amusement, Gambling and Recreation Industries||98,135||$25,122||46,924||48%|
|Accommodation and Food Services||1,165,315||$22,155||605,033||52%|
|Food Services and Drinking Places||1,043,910||$21,050||535,922||51%|
From 2010 to 2016, women working in accommodation and food services saw their earnings increase the most, by 18 percent — slightly more than the 16 percent earnings growth for women in arts, entertainment and recreation.
|Arts, Entertainment and Recreation||$1,777||$2,054||16%|
|Accommodation and Food Services||$1,380||$1,628||18%|
|Occupation||Women’s Share Total Jobs|
|Amusement and Recreation Attendants||41%|
|Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors||57%|
|Landscaping and Grounds Keeping Workers||13%|
|Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food||61%|
|Waiters and Waitresses||67%|
…in all other industries of the Texas economy
Sources: Emsi, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Despite being one of Texas’ lowest-paying industries, leisure and hospitality is an important indicator of the strength of the state economy. Since 2010, Texas has added more than 296,000 jobs to reflect the increased free time and disposable income of state consumers post recession. Women play a significant role in the industry and are well represented in its largest occupations. Texas women in leisure and hospitality generate additional business activities that ultimately support about 530,000 jobs in other industries throughout the state economy.