Restaurant Industry Projected to Add 425,000 New Summer Jobs

Restaurant Industry Projected to Add 425,000 New Summer Jobs

Restaurant Industry Projected to Add 425,000 New Summer Jobs

Despite the struggling economy and mostly pessimistic job outlook, there will soon be a flush of new summer jobs if indications are correct. The National Restaurant Association has released new projections that show that as many as half a million new summer jobs may be created this season. The restaurant industry sees a large increase in visitors and sales during the summer as families have more free time to dine out. To compensate, restaurants around the country hire temporary workers to cope with the rush. Many of these seasonal positions turn into permanent ones for skilled and dedicated workers. The projection shows that 425,000 new jobs will be created on top of the thousands that are already available each summer.

The restaurant industry is the country’s second largest employer in a private industry, and employees nearly 10% of the total workforce. If restaurant growth continues as it is predicted to, the industry will create another 1.3 million positions over the next decade. Restaurants employee people at all levels of education and experience, from the entry level fast food or busboy positions to the top executive positions of CEO and President. This industry has also weathered the economic downturn better than many other industries. Even though rising food and transportation costs have cut into profits, restaurants are continuing to create much-needed employment opportunities.

When it comes to summer jobs, only the construction industry is capable of offering more than the restaurant industry. Each year hundreds of thousands of people take seasonal jobs with local diners, fast food chains or fine dining restaurants. New York alone is projected to add nearly 40,000 new jobs through small and chain restaurants, and California will add over 35,000.  States like Alaska and Maine will increase their restaurant industry employment numbers by over 20% temporarily due to summer hiring.


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