Ohio's rebounding tourism sector adding new jobs

DAYTON, OH (AP) - New figures show Ohio's tourism sector is rebounding as budget-conscious residents stay in-state for recreation.

Employment in the state's leisure and hospitality sector grew by 10,600 jobs last month, more than any other category.

Much of the hiring is due to an uptick in tourism, which generated $38 billion in sales last year, up 7 percent from 2009, according to the Ohio Department of Development's Division of Tourism.

Over the past 12 months, Ohio's tourism industry helped create more than 25,000 leisure and hospitality jobs, or more than one third of the 72,400 total private sector jobs added in the past year.

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