Downtown bars, restaurants part of hiring spree

The bars in downtown Youngstown are thriving and hiring more employees

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Statistics from the U.S. Labor Department show restaurants and bars added nearly 59,000 jobs last month.

More than 3 million positions for waiters and bartenders have been added within the past year nationwide. Managers at bars in downtown Youngstown have had their own share of hiring within the past few weeks.

“Business is growing down here. A little faster than we expected it to,” said Shawn Allen, general manager with Martini Brothers Burger Bar.

Allen has hired four new waiters and bartenders, who will start working next week.

“We have increased our front of the house staff by about 25 percent. We plan to hire about five more by summer time,” Allen said.

The latest U.S. jobs report states employers added 295,000 jobs in February. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, which is the lowest it has been in almost six years.

Allen said there is always a need for employees at restaurants and bars.

“If there is somebody out there looking for work and they have experience in this field, they can definitely find a job,” he said.

“I think it is a cool thing. Everybody loves restaurants. They are popping up all over the place these days. More jobs,” Rust Belt Brewing Co. manager Matthew Lageson said.

He also just hired a bartender. He said there is a strategy to helping the economy.

“I start by opening up seven days a week. The more hours I can provide, the more people I can hire. We also bring in various guests from other breweries as well to make sure they also have a job. So it is all about supporting one another,” Lageson said.

It all comes full circle. With solid job growth comes more consumer spending, which raises the demand for jobs. And more new hires means a better economy.

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