Restaurant industry booming, helping economic growth in North Carolina

While many other industries are still working to recover their overall employment numbers, the restaurant industry is booming across the country, driving growth in regions such as North Carolina.

Despite job losses in the late 2000s, the restaurant and hospitality services industry have rebounded faster than any other market in the state’s economy, adding more than 20,000 jobs in the last year and almost 45,000 since the end of the recession, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. Restaurant employment currently represents about 11 percent of the state’s total nonfarm employment.

In addition, North Carolina has the eighth-largest state restaurant industry in the country, and employment in the sector is expected to grow by 13.5 percent in the next 10 years. Tourism, as well, has been responsible for 193,610 new jobs in 2012 and put $4.4 billion toward the state’s payrolls.

This growth is partially fueled by movement in Cary, where a new Dave & Buster’s restaurant and entertainment complex is hiring for 200 jobs before opening in November, according to the Triangle Business Journal. Servers, host staff, bartenders, cooks and game technicians are among the available positions.