110414_uscensus_300The U.S. Census Bureau released additional national-level data from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series reports for the accommodation and food services sector of the economy. This release includes new statistics on the nation's 63,896 accommodation businesses (NAICS 721), which reported sales of $195.4 billion and employed nearly 2.0 million people in 2012.

Other highlights:

    -- Traveler accommodation (NAICS 7211,which includes hotels, motels, casino
        hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns) accounted for 96.9 percent ($189.3
        billion) of the sales of all accommodation businesses in 2012. The
        remaining 3.1 percent consisted of recreational vehicle parks and
        recreational camps (NAICS 7212) and rooming and boarding houses (NAICS
    -- Casino hotels (NAICS 72112) had a 12.0 percent increase in the number of
        establishments, from 307 in 2007 to 344 in 2012.
    -- Gambling services accounted for 66.7 percent ($34.2 billion) of casino
        hotels' sales, while 11.9 percent ($6.0 billion) was from room or unit
        accommodation for travelers and others and 8.5 percent ($4.4 billion)
        was from meals, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages for immediate
    -- Bed-and-breakfast inns (NAICS 721191) had a 7.4 percent decrease in the
        number of employees, from 17,357 in 2007 to 16,067 in 2012.
    -- Rooming and boarding houses reported a 62.6 percent increase in sales
        (from $811.2 million in 2007 to $1.3 billion in 2012) and a 25.9 percent
        increase in annual payroll (from $163.7 million in 2007 to $206.1
        million in 2012). This industry includes workers' camps and other
        businesses that provide temporary or long-term accommodations.
The data from the 2012 Economic Census (as well as historical information from prior economic censuses) are available at census.gov through the American FactFinder tool. Reference information about the economic census (including a schedule that shows when state and local area data will be released) is available on the 2012 Economic Census home page.

All dollar values are expressed in current dollars, i.e., they are not adjusted for price changes. The statistics presented include data only for businesses with paid employees. For more information about the design methodology of the economic census (including information on comparability, confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error and definitions), see http://www.census.gov/econ/census/help/methodology_disclosure