Erie Vital Signs

Presence of Arts and Cultural Activities: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Employees

Recent Performance

The trend recently has been flat.

After a 15% increase in 2011 and a 9% drop in 2012, employment in this sector was essentially flat for 2013. Erie’s growth of just 0.4% was significantly less than national growth in the sector of 2.7%. Erie’s employment of 2,607 in this sector in 2013 was nearly 59% larger than the 1,643 the industry employed in 1998. This growth was significantly larger than the 33% growth nationally.

Despite being smaller than most of the 12 peer areas for which we have arts employment data, in 2013 Erie had a larger AER sector than nine of them, in absolute terms. Only Allentown, Akron, and Boulder had more AER employees than Erie.

The Basics

This indicator measures the number of employees in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector. Both for-profit and nonprofit organizations are included.

Why is it important?

Employment in this sector can be considered a proxy for the size and amount of activity—output—of the industry.

The Details

This indicator includes the number of employees listed under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 71: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation. The annual data are from the week including March 12, so there may be seasonal effects present in the data. (For example, organizations that hire extra workers for the winter holidays would be counted at their March employment level.)

The Nitty-Gritty Details

This industrial sector includes the following activities:

NAICS Industry
71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
711 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
7111 Performing Arts Companies
71111 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
71112 Dance Companies
71113 Musical Groups and Artists
71119 Other Performing Arts Companies
7112 Spectator Sports
711211 Sports Teams and Clubs
711212 Racetracks
711219 Other Spectator Sports
7113 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
7114 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
7115 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
712 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
71211 Museums
71212 Historical Sites
71213 Zoos and Botanical Gardens
71219 Nature Parks and Other Similar Institutions
713 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
7131 Amusement Parks and Arcades
7132 Gambling Industries
7139 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
71391 Golf Courses and Country Clubs
71392 Skiing Facilities
71393 Marinas
71394 Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
71395 Bowling Centers
71399 All Other Amusement and Recreation Industries

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This indicator has no subcategories, although the original data source provides data for some of the subindustries listed above.

Peer Areas

These variables include data on all 13 of the standard peer areas, along with U.S. data.




U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: County Business Patterns statistics provide the only annual source of complete and consistent county-level data for U.S. business establishments with industry detail.

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