March 31, 2015
Out of the 96,600 net jobs added in Los Angeles County last year, 25,300 were in the leisure and hospitality industries, according to the California Employment Development Department.
Region is on track to greet 50 million visitors a year, and these visitors spent more than $18 billion in our economy this year. At the same time, the hospitality and tourism industry also serves our 10 million local residents. Accordingly, the report delineates the two separate components (traded versus local-serving), which are very different in terms of their composition, workforce needs, intermediate purchases and economic impacts — distinctions that have clear implications for how policymakers and stakeholders formulate programs to encourage not only more jobs but also better-paying jobs.
The California travel industry expanded for the fourth consecutive year following the 2007-2009 recession. In terms of both employment and real inflation-adjusted dollars, the California travel industry exceeded its pre-recession levels in 2013.
Feb. 14, 2014
An ordinance soon to be introduced in the City Council is expected to require 87 large hotels to pay a $15.37-an-hour "living wage," nearly double California's current $8-an-hour minimum.
Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of enrollments in America's major public benefits programs are from working families. But many of them work in jobs that pay wages so low that their paychecks do not generate enough income to provide for life's basic necessities.