Tourism contributes half of the employment created

Between April and June, activities linked to tourism registered 391,343 more employed persons compared to the same quarter of the previous year, which represents half of the employment created during that period in the Spanish economy as a whole (776,000), reaching 2,718,098 employed persons, 0.8% more than in the same period of 2019, according to data published by Turespaña.

Thus, active workers in tourism in the second quarter of the year were close to three million (2,953,571), 13.8% more than in the same period of the previous year.

In relation to the unemployment rate, activities related to tourism have chained five consecutive quarters of year-on-year decreases and stood at 8%, a figure lower than that of the same period in 2019 (11%), and 4.5 points less than in the national economy, at 12.5%.

“The labour market continues to indicate the robustness with which the tourism sector is recovering, which drives the economy and the national labour market. Thus, in a quarter marked by the uncertainties of the economic consequences of the war, the data reflect excellent behaviour with a very intense and quality job creation”, has valued the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.

Increase in all activities

The growth occurred both among employees (19.1%) and the self-employed (7.9%) and in all tourist activities, in hospitality they increased by 18.5%, due to the positive evolution of both food services and beverages (9.5%) as well as accommodation services (54.4%). In travel agencies the variation was 12.6% while in passenger transport it was 7.4%.

Wage earners in the tourism sector with a permanent contract have increased by 19.5% year-on-year, which represents the fourth consecutive rise. For their part, wage earners with a temporary contract registered an increase of 18.1%. In this sense, the temporary rate in the tourism sector was 26.4%.

Occupation by regions

The number of people employed in tourism grew in almost all the autonomous communities, except in La Rioja, Ceuta and Melilla, Asturias and Extremadura.

The six autonomous communities with the highest number of tourists (Catalonia, Andalusia, Madrid, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and the C. Valenciana) are, in turn, those that generate the most employment in the sector, as they together represent 74.5% of the total number of employees in the sector.

Unemployed by branches of activity

Unemployed workers linked to tourist activities reached the figure of 235,473 unemployed in the second quarter of the year. Unemployment fell in all branches of activity (accommodation services, food and beverage services, and other tourism activities) compared to 2019.