In many parts of the United States, restaurant franchises are stepping up hiring efforts to help handle increased demand. According to one recent report, the industry is adding staff at a higher rate than the rest of the economy.

According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast, the total number of workers in the sector is expected to reach 12.9 million by the end of the year.The trade group estimates that the industry will add jobs at a 2.3 percent rate this year, which would be a higher rate than the national job growth figures. 

"As our nation slowly recovers from the economic downturn, restaurants continue to be a vital part of American lifestyles and our nation’s economy," said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. "We expect the nation’s nearly one million restaurants to post sales of $632 billion this year."

One franchise that has been increasing hiring is Dickey's Barbecue. In a statement, the restaurant chain announced that it was seeking new employees at restaurant locations.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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