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Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment


Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment

What does this measure?

The share of jobs in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector, shown as a percentage of all jobs in a geographical area.

Why is this important?

Arts and culture bring distinction and visitors to a region, and employment in the sector provides a measure of the sector's relative financial strength and contribution to the larger regional economy.

How is our county doing?

In 2016, 2.3% of jobs in Essex County were in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector, representing about 6,800 people. This was a higher share of jobs than in Massachusetts as a whole (1.9%) and the U.S. (1.8%). Since 2000, employment in this sector increased by 0.5 percentage points in Essex County, equal to the state (0.5 points) and slightly higher than the national (0.3 points) levels during the same period.

How do we compare to similar counties?

In 2016, Westchester County, IL had the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector cover a higher share of total jobs. Lake County, IL (2.2%) and Middlesex County, MA (1.3%) both had the sector make up a smaller share of jobs than in Essex County. Since 2000, Lake has seen a similar increase as Essex in this sector's employment (0.5 point).

Notes about the data

County employment estimates are reported by place of work, not place of residence. 2017 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the second quarter of 2019.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Essex County, MA1.8%1.8%1.8%1.8%1.9%1.9%1.9%2.0%2.1%2.2%2.3%2.3%2.6%2.6%2.5%2.3%2.3%
Middlesex County, MA1.0%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.3%1.3%1.3%
Lake County, IL1.7%1.9%1.6%1.7%1.7%1.7%1.6%1.5%1.8%2.1%2.5%2.6%2.3%2.3%2.2%1.9%2.2%
Westchester County, NY2.0%2.3%2.3%2.2%2.1%2.0%2.0%2.4%2.5%2.5%2.4%2.4%2.4%2.5%2.7%2.7%2.8%
Massachusetts1.4%1.4%1.5%1.5%1.6%1.6%1.6%1.7%1.7%1.7%1.8%1.7%1.8%1.8%1.8%1.8%1.9%
United States1.5%1.5%1.6%1.6%1.6%1.7%1.6%1.7%1.7%1.8%1.8%1.8%1.8%1.8%1.8%1.8%1.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Jobs
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Essex County, MA5,0865,1114,9104,9995,1085,0745,2135,5805,7675,8155,9586,0727,0867,0496,8986,4956,765
Middlesex County, MA8,7719,2559,1659,2489,5859,45710,07510,06610,1269,4769,3889,3839,98910,07610,67311,60711,654
Lake County, IL5,3275,8955,1895,4245,4065,4375,3595,0376,1086,7517,7647,8747,3547,6027,2046,2597,103
Westchester County, NY8,0418,9818,7198,4028,1937,7557,9249,4099,8589,3488,6709,0169,1859,40710,18510,39411,056
Massachusetts43,14445,36344,89445,06446,41147,50948,76150,76352,26851,22751,32351,58954,53454,05154,98056,46460,235
United States1,741,4971,780,3621,800,9911,832,9851,889,0441,936,4841,973,6552,008,5672,069,3462,010,3392,003,5952,003,1292,057,2902,112,0002,170,1212,230,8222,311,437

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Bullying Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Increasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Increasing
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining