We know what is important, we like our food, we like it a little too much probably, but that’s another story. If you have been looking for a job recently, you know they are few and far between in many areas. People are taking whatever they can get to try to make it and pay the bills. Do you know which job sector is growing in the US?
According to AARP, there were new jobs added in September, 34,000 jobs to be specific. They weren’t in the medical field, commerce or electronics. Those 34,000 new jobs were in the bar and restaurant business. There were jobs added in the private sector also. But the high rate of jobs added in the restaurant industry in one month’s time is surprising and hopeful to many.
What happens when you get a few extra bucks in your pocket? You want to celebrate and do something you haven’t been able to do – you want to go out to eat. You may only be able to afford a pizza or a burger, but eating out is, after all, more fun that eating at home!
Stock in chain restaurants such as McDonalds is on the rise. Granted, pay is low and benefits may be non-existent compared to other jobs, but work is work and it is a sign that the economy is improving, albeit slowly. Those folks who have a few extra dollars to spend eating out are helping to provide new job opportunities for others.
Of course, some of these jobs were filled by college grads who can’t find work in their chosen profession, but at least they found work.
My niece is a senior at a top level college. She has been on the Deans list every semester; she is a very bright girl. For the last year she has been working part time as a hostess at a very popular restaurant in her college town. It shocked me a little that she would chose that job, but she said she took it with the understanding the next position for her could be assistant manager. If she sticks with it and enjoys it, there is the possibility of this becoming more than a job; it could turn into a career.
Perhaps standing on your feet for hours and smiling while asking, “Two for dinner?” was a good career choice after all.