U.S. Restaurants may add up to 425,000 jobs this summer

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The restaurant industry could add as many as 425,000 jobs this summer, according to the National Restaurant Association.

The association’s projections call for the highest summer employment growth since 2007, with the country expected to gain 6% more jobs this summer than last year.

The Restaurant industry typically is the country’s second-largest creator of summer jobs, falling short of the construction industry.

Eating and drinking places added 401,600 jobs last summer, 391,300 jobs during summer 2009 and 352,900 jobs during summer 2008.

The Restaurant Association defines summer employment as the average number of eating and drinking place jobs in June, July & August.  The number of summer jobs is the difference between the projected total 2011 summer employment and March employment levels.

Source:  Dayton Business Journal, 6/8/11

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