Steady growth in jobs within the hotel and accommodations sector is being reported by the State of California Economic Development Department. The July 18 Labor Force and Industry Employment report reflects a 6.4 percent increase from May to June 2013, with 2.5 percent growth from June 2012 to June 2013.

Recent posting on job boards such as Indeed.com, Monster.com and Simply Hired have shown job openings in Sacramento for positions including guest services, housekeeping, auditors, porters, bookkeepers, laundry, switchboard operators, supervisors and managers.

Many hotels also offer diverse dining options, spa and fitness rooms, bars, computer and business services and conference centers. This opens choices for hotel employment into areas including office management, food services, event management, business services, I.T. and sales.

Accommodations are regularly needed due to Sacramento’s position as a political, educational and governmental hub for the state, but economic improvements across the country can translate to higher occupancy rates for Sacramento hoteliers.

In California alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a total increase of 253,900 jobs in all sectors from June 2012 to June 2013. Other states showed triple digit increases June over June, with Florida at 127,200 and 303,000 additional jobs in Texas.

Major lodging options in the Sacramento metro area, which includes El Dorado, Placer, Yolo and Sacramento counties, include Marriott, Embassy Suites, Sheraton, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Staybridge Suites and Westin. Boutique, luxury and specialty inns are also local employers, such as the Citizen Hotel, Vizcaya, Amber House Bed and Breakfast and the Delta King, which offers lodging, dining, bar service and entertainment on an authentic riverboat.

Ongoing and seasonal attractions that bring tourists to the local region include Old Sacramento, the Sacramento Kings, the California State Fair, restaurants, music and theater venues, outdoor sports and the close proximity to wine country and ski destinations.

Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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