Just a few short months ago outdoor recreation was growing faster than almost any other industry, contributed over $778 billion to the U.S. economy and employed over 5.2 million Americans. Now, 79 percent of outdoor businesses have had to lay off or furlough employees and 89 percent are seeing decreased revenue.
According to the US Census Bureau which measured Covid-19 impacts on small businesses, 75 percent of small business in our category are reporting large and negative effects. Overall, we have been hit 31 percent harder than the national average, making us the second most affected sector in the country behind ‘food and accommodation’. - (U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey).
Action is needed on smart policies and investments that will save the outdoor recreation economy so this sector can do what it does best – revitalize communities, create jobs, support healthy people, improve quality of life and provide access to amazing outdoor experiences for generations to come.
*A decrease from our previous survey in May.*
* This is the first uptick in hiring reported amongst our membership since the start of the pandemic.*
Covid-19 impacts on seasonal hiring:
*This is a sustained level from our previous survey.*
Trade associations are reporting improving conditions with an increase in hiring while temporary furloughs are decreasing compared to May, however there is still an increase in layoffs compared to this time last year.
*This interactive web dashboard enables users to track the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) workforce survey.The supporting dataset is collected monthly and uploaded into this web application. The data displayed is reflective of the answers and estimates provided by the participating associations.
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