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Restaurants To Add More Than A Half-Million Summer Jobs

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Last updated on June 9th, 2015 at 04:15 pm

Restaurants are expected to add 522,000 jobs this summer season, according to National Restaurant Association (NRA) projections. The projected 2015 gain would represent the third consecutive year in which restaurants add at least 500,000 jobs during the summer season.

The states projected to add the most eating and drinking place jobs this summer are New York (46,600), California (44,400), Massachusetts (29,200), Texas (26,500), New Jersey (24,400), Ohio (23,500), Illinois (20,900) and Michigan (20,800).

The states projected to register the largest proportional employment increases are Maine (33.5 percent), Alaska (20.2 percent), Delaware (16.5 percent), New Hampshire (15.2 percent) and Rhode Island (15.2 percent).

Florida and Arizona, whose busiest tourism season isn’t in the summer, are the only states projected to register declines in eating-and-drinking-place employment.

Summer employment is defined as the average number of eating and drinking place jobs in June, July and August. The number of summer jobs is the difference between the projected total 2015 summer employment and the March 2015 employment level. Generally, the U.S. restaurant industry begins to ramp up its summer seasonal hiring in April, and it peaks in June, July and August. Eating and drinking places account for approximately three-fourths of the total restaurant and foodservice workforce.


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