WASHINGTON (AP) The number of gym closings in the United States has fallen by more than half over the past five years, as the nation’s economy recovers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.
The bureau says that more than 12,000 closings of gyms and fitness facilities occurred in the past year, while nearly 11,000 other closings occurred.
The average number of closings was 8,300.
The average number in 2016 was 8.7, and it’s expected to fall to 8,000 this year, the bureau said.
Gym closings have also declined nationwide since 2012, with the average decline of nearly 6 percent.
The number of closed gyms in the U-M Health System jumped from more than 4,000 to more than 10,000 in the first three months of 2017.
Gates at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in suburban Cleveland were closed in January and February, while the gym at the New Balance Center in Cleveland was closed earlier this year.
Guns retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods said it was closing more than 2,000 stores, and more than 3,000 of those stores were in the Northeast and Midwest.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. closed more than 1,000 U..
S.-based stores this year and is also expected to close at least 2,500 more stores in 2017.
The BLS said that over the same time period, there were about 7.5 million fewer retail jobs, a slight decrease in retail job gains compared with 2016.