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