NEW YORK (
) - The U.S. economy added 9,300 jobs in the restaurant sector in August, with
Taco Bell boasting the second-largest roster of job openings in the U.S., according to one online job posting Web site.
Job openings in the U.S. were up 4.5% last month compared with July, according to SimplyHired.com, an aggregator of employment Web sites. The site showed that Taco Bell had the second-most job openings in August, behind the U.S. Air Force, pointing to future hiring nationwide at the Mexican-style fast-food chain. Following behind Taco Bell on that list was the Army National Guard, retailer
, and health care provider Valley Health.
, falling short of the 70,000-job increase economists had expected. Employers also added fewer positions in June and July than previously thought, the Labor Department said. About 85,000 workers were added in July, instead of 117,000. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.1% in August, as expected by economists surveyed by
Food and drink service locations added 9,300 jobs in August, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
End-of-summer restaurant job openings, particularly at quick-service chains like Taco Bell,
, may say more about demographics than the employment sector as a whole. Many of these jobs are often held by teenagers or college students who head back to school at the end of the season, leaving openings for restaurateurs to fill come August and September.
The trend also speaks to job losses in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector in August, where more than 9,000 jobs were lost in venues related to performing arts and spectator sports, amusement parks, gambling and recreation sites. Those job losses were at concert and sporting employers such as
Madison Square Garden
in New York City and
Live Nation Entertainment
, along with amusement park operator
Six Flags Entertainment
-- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York.
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