The government and its contractors have long been the economic bedrock of the Washington region. But as the federal government tightens its belt, are those sectors still the greatest contributors to job growth in this region? Here, a sector-by-sector look at how key industries are faring in the Washington region, according to recent data from the Labor Department.
Leisure and hospitality: 11,400 jobs addedThe leisure and hospitality industry has lately added more jobs than any other sector in the Washington region. Between March 2012 and March 2013, the sector added 11,400 positions. Economists say the growth is likely fueled by an influx of young professionals to the region who are spending their money at local restaurants and bars. Here, diners are pictured at Zaytinya in the District's Penn Quarter neighborhood. ThinkFoodGroup, the company behind Zaytinya and other Washington eateries, said it increased its workforce in its local restaurants by 10 percent in the past year.Michael Temchine/for The Washington Post