Leisure and hospitality
Leisure and hospitality
These jobs might not pay big bucks, but their numbers are growing. Positions in the accommodation and food industry jumped about 125,000 in June to more than 11.3 million in the past six months.

Despite the high numbers, the news could be better: After steep declines in recent years, available jobs have just now returned to 2006 levels. But prospects are looking up, as consumers slowly start to eat out and take vacations after several years of decline.

Last updated July 13 2011: 12:54 PM ET
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Judging by the latest report on the state of the U.S. jobs market, it looks as if the economy may take an extended vacation.