Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dallas Restaurant Jobs Could Benefit from New Campaign

A national organization is pushing the importance of the restaurant industry, a move that may create many Dallas restaurant jobs (Click here) and positions throughout the country.

The National Restaurant Association recently unveiled the America Works Here campaign in an effort to draw attention to the nation's restaurant industry, which is the second-largest private-sector employer and an important player when it comes to economic growth.

The campaign will highlight a number of important details about the restaurant industry, including everything from how to learn job skills appropriate for the industry, to how to own a restaurant, to the positive impact that restaurants can have in their communities.

"Everyone can agree that America's restaurants play an important role in people's lives, whether as a place to celebrate a special occasion, a spot to grab an early morning cup of coffee, or a place to meet with colleagues over a business lunch or dinner," the NRA notes.

"The 'America Works Here' slogan highlights not just the fact that nearly half of all Americans have worked in the industry, but that the nation's nearly 1 million restaurants are the place where business deals are made, where people can rise from the dishroom to the board room, and where organizations go for the philanthropic support that helps them do great work in local communities across the country," the association adds.

Here are some interesting facts about the restaurant industry:
  • Restaurant sales have almost doubled over the last 11 years, reaching $604.2 billion during 2011, nearly 4 percent of the nation's GDP.     
  • With 12.8 million employees, almost one in 10 Americans work in the restaurant industry.
  • A number of proposed policies could add another 1.3 million jobs to the industry over the next 10 years. 
  • Almost half of all adults have worked in the restaurant industry and more than one in four had their first job experience in the industry.
  • 80 percent of restaurant owners say their first job was an entry-level position in the restaurant industry.
  • 94 percent of restaurant employees think the industry is a good place for your first job and to learn basic working skills.
  • 88 percent of employees think restaurants provide the opportunity to start at the bottom and work your way up to management.
  • 81 percent of employees think people of all backgrounds and experience levels can open their own restaurant.
  • 46 percent of employees would like to eventually own a restaurant.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nursing Jobs in Arizona Help Support Local Economy

Those with nursing jobs in Arizona ( play a significant role in supporting the local economy.

After climbing for the previous two months, Arizona's unemployment rate dropped from 9.4 percent to 9.3 percent during August. Despite that decrease, however, the state's unemployment rate was still higher than the national average at the time of 9.1 percent.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arizona employed a total of 2,408,400 workers during August, which is up from 2,393,000 workers during July and a 1.7 percent increase from last year.

The healthcare industry continues to be a strong point for the local and national economy. Arizona's education and health services industry employed 360,400 workers during August, and although that number is a slight decrease from the previous month, it's a 4.6 percent increase from last year.

The national healthcare industry added a total of 43,800 jobs between August and September, with every sector except nursing care facilities seeing an influx of workers.

Here's a look at how the sectors of the national healthcare industry fared during September:
  • Ambulatory healthcare services - +26,000 jobs
    • Offices of physicians - +12,200 jobs
    • Outpatient care centers - +3,800 jobs
    • Home healthcare services - +5,000 jobs
  • Hospitals - +13,300 jobs
  • Nursing and residential care facilities - +4,500 jobs
    • Nursing care facilities - +/- 0 jobs