Fresh hires are boosting employment numbers in restaurants and the leisure and hospitality sectors, with job growth improving 80 percent year over year from 2012.
More than 14.2 million jobs are now found in the sectors, accounting for more than 10.5 percent of the workforce in the United States. Both are records in job tracking across the country since the government began to follow job growth numbers in 1939, according to Delaware Online.
From Wingstop to Domino's, leaders of many nationwide chains told the news source that hiring is up, the former planning to add 1,000 workers and the latter with hiring potential of up to 7,000. Overall restaurant and bar sales in the economy are expected to reach more than $460 billion this year, a gain of nearly 4 percent from a year ago.
More than 12,000 restaurants opened shop last year, the most in five years, and employment at leisure areas such as amusement parks and arcades also reached record heights in May, up 33 percent from four years ago.
Restaurants and bars have also added an average of 50,000 jobs monthly across the nation since April, according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, double the rate from a year ago.