The facts about jobs related to tourism:
Obama touts low-wage tourism jobs, nixes high-wage energy jobsWhoever the GOP candidate is should be sure to point out the facts about jobs related to tourism. Such jobs will not drive our economy!
A day after President Barack Obama nixed up to 20,000 high-wage Keystone XL pipeline construction jobs, he flew down to Florida to tout his support for low-wage tourism jobs.
The 1.7 million workers in the “traveler accommodation” category earned an average wage of $27,210 in 2009, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
That’s barely half the wages earned by the estimated 98,210 workers in the “heavy and civil engineering construction” category. In 2009, they earned a mean wage of $50,730, according to the BLS.
In contrast, tourism jobs are mostly low-skill service jobs — serving dinners, cleaning bedrooms, guiding visitors....They can also be accomplished by immigrants who will accept lower wages than U.S.-born Americans....
We need a higher GDP to bring this economy out of its doldrums, not what Obama is lamely touting as the solution as he zooms all over the country for photo ops to promote the illusion that he's doing something for our ailing economy.