Wisconsin restaurants predicted to hire 8.7% more workers this summer

Freeman Staff

June 10, 2015

MADISON — Wisconsin restaurants are predicted to hire 16,900 employees this summer, increasing their workforce by 8.7 percent to handle the busy summer season, according to a report Wednesday from the National Restaurant Association.

The total number of workers in the restaurant industry is expected to rise from 194,000 employees to 210,900 employees, according to the association.

“Summer jobs in the hospitality industry are a rite of passage for so many Americans,” said Pete Hanson, vice president of public affairs for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, in a statement. “That local restaurant or resort is where young people can find the opportunity to put that first job on their resume, learn the responsibility and dignity that comes with work, and earn money for college.”

The summer employment increase for the industry nationally is projected at 4.8 percent, according to the report.