Transcript for By the numbers: Travel and tourism industries hurt by pandemic
We turn tonight to travel and tourism during this pandemic it's an industry now in crisis worldwide and here in the US we look at what's been lost by the numbers. More than half of the fifteen point eight million travel and tourism related jobs in the US. Have disappeared since the code of nineteen outbreak according to the US travel association. That's what 51%. Of American travel industry workers. On employing to put that all in perspective that's twice the unemployment rate of all workers during the Great Depression when unemployment was and 25%. Popular vacation destinations are certainly hard hit in Hawaii. Tourism spending is down nine 6% compared to last year. Travel spending in Florida is down 88% and down 95%. In Puerto Rico since last year. In typical times Americans take on average for vacations a year according to the US travel association of this year. Many are cutting back.
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