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Restaurants lead job growth

If you’re like most of us, you love dining out. And now that the economy is mostly back on its feet, dining establishments are busier than ever, doing a lot of hiring.

In fact, restaurants added nearly 59,000 jobs in February, taking the lead in job growth in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That’s a big jump over the 35,000 jobs on average we’ve seen in the past year or so, so the food business is definitely seeing healthier days.

Finding the right talent, as any operator will attest, is never easy and becomes that more difficult when demand is rising as fast as it has.

Taking advantage of growth opportunities in the restaurant business is heavily dependent on hiring top positions such as managers.

And, of course, those positions cost more to fill.

The National Restaurant Association’s chief economist, Bruce Grindy, put things into proper perspective:

“Combined with the solid gains in December (54,500) and January (37,400), eating and drinking places added more than 150,000 jobs during the last three months alone.  If these figures hold through revisions, it would represent the restaurant industry’s strongest three-month payroll expansion on record,” he said.

The rest of the year doesn’t look bad, either.

“The NRA expects eating and drinking places to add jobs at a 3.4 percent rate in 2015, which will mark the sector’s fourth consecutive year with job growth of at least 3 percent. It will also represent the 16th consecutive year in which the restaurant industry will outpace total U.S. job growth, which is projected to come in at 2.3 percent in 2015.”

Apprentice Personnel’s temporary-to-hire programs give restaurant operators the opportunity to work with a quality worker before making a permanent hiring decision.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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