Spotlight on Statistics

July 2010

Spotlight on Travel:
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What portion of annual household expenditures is spent on travel?

Average annual travel-related expenditures, 2008
Item Percentage of overall consumer expenditures Percentage of travel-related consumer expenditures

All other consumer expenditures

97

Travel-related

3

Transportation

44

Food and beverages

23

Lodging

23

Entertainment

10

Source: Consumer Expenditure Program | Chart

Annual travel expenditures by age of head of household

Average annual travel expenditures by age, 2008
Age of head of household Average annual expenditure

Under 25 years

$481

25-34 years

$1,036

35-44 years

$1,493

45-54 years

$1,794

55-64 years

$1,897

65 years and older

$1,176

Source: Consumer Expenditure Program | Chart

Annual travel expenditures as a function of household income

Average annual travel expenditures by quintiles of income before taxes, 2008
Item Quintile of income
Lowest 20 percent Second 20 percent Third 20 percent Fourth 20 percent Highest 20 percent

Transportation

$207 $278 $398 $640 $1,562

Food and beverages

$92 $145 $212 $349 $834

Lodging

$78 $127 $189 $331 $932

Entertainment

$38 $47 $80 $139 $390

Total

$415 $598 $880 $1,459 $3,718

Consumer Expenditure Program | Chart

The cost of airline fares and lodging away from home

12-month percent change in consumer price index for all items, airline fares, and lodging away from home, not seasonally adjusted, January 2005-May 2010
All items Airline fares Lodging away from home

Jan-2005

3.0 -3.2 4.6

Feb-2005

3.0 -2.9 7.4

Mar-2005

3.1 -1.4 8.0

Apr-2005

3.5 1.1 5.5

May-2005

2.8 4.1 2.7

Jun-2005

2.5 5.8 2.9

Jul-2005

3.2 7.0 3.2

Aug-2005

3.6 8.7 2.8

Sep-2005

4.7 9.0 -2.0

Oct-2005

4.3 9.1 1.3

Nov-2005

3.5 6.4 2.7

Dec-2005

3.4 6.4 3.5

Jan-2006

4.0 8.6 4.0

Feb-2006

3.6 8.3 3.5

Mar-2006

3.4 6.7 1.5

Apr-2006

3.5 4.6 3.1

May-2006

4.2 5.1 4.7

Jun-2006

4.3 5.9 4.7

Jul-2006

4.1 5.4 4.7

Aug-2006

3.8 5.8 5.1

Sep-2006

2.1 4.8 8.3

Oct-2006

1.3 1.9 4.6

Nov-2006

2.0 -1.5 4.4

Dec-2006

2.5 -1.0 4.0

Jan-2007

2.1 0.2 4.8

Feb-2007

2.4 1.4 4.3

Mar-2007

2.8 1.8 1.3

Apr-2007

2.6 1.2 3.2

May-2007

2.7 -1.0 4.5

Jun-2007

2.7 -1.3 6.8

Jul-2007

2.4 -1.4 7.2

Aug-2007

2.0 -1.3 6.5

Sep-2007

2.8 0.2 7.0

Oct-2007

3.5 3.4 5.5

Nov-2007

4.3 8.9 4.6

Dec-2007

4.1 10.6 4.6

Jan-2008

4.3 8.9 4.9

Feb-2008

4.0 7.6 3.5

Mar-2008

4.0 10.2 5.1

Apr-2008

3.9 10.1 1.1

May-2008

4.2 14.4 1.1

Jun-2008

5.0 18.7 0.0

Jul-2008

5.6 19.9 0.0

Aug-2008

5.4 20.9 -0.7

Sep-2008

4.9 17.5 -0.6

Oct-2008

3.7 10.4 -1.4

Nov-2008

1.1 4.0 -2.3

Dec-2008

0.1 1.4 -3.3

Jan-2009

0.0 -0.9 -4.7

Feb-2009

0.2 -3.5 -5.7

Mar-2009

-0.4 -7.7 -7.8

Apr-2009

-0.7 -9.2 -5.9

May-2009

-1.3 -13.3 -6.8

Jun-2009

-1.4 -17.1 -6.9

Jul-2009

-2.1 -16.6 -8.9

Aug-2009

-1.5 -15.9 -7.8

Sep-2009

-1.3 -11.6 -6.9

Oct-2009

-0.2 -6.5 -5.4

Nov-2009

1.8 0.6 -6.1

Dec-2009

2.7 4.3 -5.0

Jan-2010

2.6 3.4 -5.8

Feb-2010

2.1 5.4 -5.0

Mar-2010

2.3 7.5 -3.4

Apr-2010

2.2 10.7 -2.4

May-2010

2.0 13.8 0.3

Source: Consumer Price Indexes | Chart

Gasoline prices vary depending on where you are travelling

Average price of gasoline (unleaded regular) by region and select metropolitan areas, per gallon, May 2010
Overall/Region/Area Average price per gallon
Overall

U.S. city average

$2.87
Region

West urban

$3.01

Northeast urban

$2.92

Midwest urban

$2.85

South urban

$2.75
Area

Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA

$3.07

Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI

$3.05

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA

$2.95

Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV

$2.89

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$2.88

Atlanta, GA

$2.78

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$2.76

Source: Consumer Price Indexes | Chart

Many work so that others may play

Employment in leisure and hospitality as a percentage of total private employment, 1939-2009
Year Percentage

1939

7.1

1949

7.2

1959

7.4

1969

8.0

1979

9.0

1989

10.1

1999

10.6

2009

12.1

Current Employment Statistics | Chart

Labor turnover in the leisure and hospitality industry

Hires and separations rates, total private and leisure and hospitality industries, seasonally adjusted, Jan. 2005-Mar. 2010
Hires rate
(total private)
Separations rate
(total private)
Hires rate
(leisure and hospitality)
Separations rate
(leisure and hospitality)

Jan-2005

4.7 4.6 7.6 7.4

Feb-2005

4.5 4.3 6.7 6.5

Mar-2005

4.5 4.4 6.9 6.7

Apr-2005

4.5 4.2 6.9 6.1

May-2005

4.5 4.4 6.7 6.8

Jun-2005

4.6 4.3 7.5 7.2

Jul-2005

4.5 4.2 7.1 6.9

Aug-2005

4.6 4.4 7.1 6.9

Sep-2005

4.6 4.5 7.6 7.6

Oct-2005

4.3 4.2 6.8 7.0

Nov-2005

4.5 4.2 7.4 7.0

Dec-2005

4.3 4.2 7.1 6.9

Jan-2006

4.3 4.0 7.2 6.9

Feb-2006

4.5 4.3 7.6 7.4

Mar-2006

4.4 4.2 7.4 7.1

Apr-2006

4.3 4.1 6.7 6.4

May-2006

4.6 4.6 6.8 7.0

Jun-2006

4.4 4.3 7.1 7.0

Jul-2006

4.5 4.4 7.3 6.7

Aug-2006

4.3 4.2 6.9 6.7

Sep-2006

4.4 4.3 6.8 6.7

Oct-2006

4.4 4.3 7.1 6.8

Nov-2006

4.6 4.4 7.8 7.3

Dec-2006

4.4 4.2 7.5 7.2

Jan-2007

4.3 4.1 7.0 6.8

Feb-2007

4.2 4.2 7.1 6.9

Mar-2007

4.4 4.3 6.9 6.9

Apr-2007

4.2 4.2 7.3 7.1

May-2007

4.3 4.3 6.9 6.9

Jun-2007

4.3 4.2 7.1 7.0

Jul-2007

4.2 4.2 6.8 6.9

Aug-2007

4.2 4.3 6.8 6.8

Sep-2007

4.2 4.2 7.0 6.6

Oct-2007

4.3 4.2 7.0 6.6

Nov-2007

4.2 4.1 6.8 6.5

Dec-2007

4.0 4.0 6.8 6.7

Jan-2008

4.0 4.0 6.4 6.4

Feb-2008

4.0 4.1 6.9 6.9

Mar-2008

4.0 4.1 6.4 6.4

Apr-2008

4.0 4.2 6.4 6.5

May-2008

3.9 4.2 6.7 7.1

Jun-2008

4.0 4.1 6.1 6.2

Jul-2008

3.8 4.0 6.1 6.3

Aug-2008

3.8 4.1 6.2 6.3

Sep-2008

3.7 4.0 6.2 6.5

Oct-2008

3.7 4.1 5.9 6.1

Nov-2008

3.3 4.0 5.3 5.8

Dec-2008

3.6 4.3 5.5 5.8

Jan-2009

3.6 4.4 5.5 5.7

Feb-2009

3.5 4.2 5.3 5.6

Mar-2009

3.4 4.1 5.3 5.8

Apr-2009

3.5 4.0 5.3 5.5

May-2009

3.4 3.8 5.2 5.2

Jun-2009

3.3 3.7 5.3 5.4

Jul-2009

3.5 3.8 5.5 5.5

Aug-2009

3.4 3.6 5.4 5.5

Sep-2009

3.6 3.7 5.3 5.2

Oct-2009

3.4 3.6 5.1 5.4

Nov-2009

3.6 3.6 5.3 5.5

Dec-2009

3.5 3.6 5.1 5.3

Jan-2010

3.5 3.6 5.5 5.5

Feb-2010

3.5 3.4 5.0 4.8

Mar-2010

3.7 3.5 5.5 5.2

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Statistics | Chart

Employment and earnings of travel-related occupations

Employment and earnings of travel-related occupations, 2009
Occupation Mean annual wage Employment

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

$21,130 224,360

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

$32,400 142,500

Flight attendants

$43,350 95,810

Travel agents

$32,450 76,990

Lodging managers

$53,500 31,660

Tour guides and escorts

$25,990 31,630

Travel guides

$33,300 4,270

Source: Occupational Employment Statistics | Chart

Employment projections for travel-related occupations

Numeric and percent change in wage and salary employment, 2008-18 (projected)
Occupation Numeric change in wage and salary employment, 2008-18 (projected) Percent change in wage and salary employment, 2008-18 (projected)

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

31,500 13.7

Tour guides and escorts

4,500 11.7

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

13,600 8.1

Travel agents

-1,200 -1.1

Travel guides

100 1.7

Flight attendants

8,000 8.1

Lodging managers

2,800 4.7

Source: Employment Projections | Chart

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