Job Growth in U.S. Restaurants and Bars Jumps in March

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Restaurants and bars in the U.S. added 27,000 jobs in the past month, quieting rumblings of an economic slowdown following February’s unexpectedly low job growth numbers for both the industry and the U.S. economy overall. According to the latest economic report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, March’s job growth numbers more closely align with what the industry had been reporting in previous months: 36,000 jobs added in January and 40,000 jobs added last December.

There were 196,000 total jobs added in March across all industries in the U.S., and the unemployment rate stayed at a steady, low rate of 3.8 percent or about 6.2 million people unemployed. Unemployment rates in leisure and hospitality remained slightly above the national rate, at 5.8 percent people unemployed in the industry.

Average hourly earnings in the leisure and hospitality sector remained essentially unchanged from the month prior, at $16.39 per hour. That’s up about 60 cents from March 2018’s average hourly earnings. Employees in the sector worked an average of 26.1 hours per week, the same hourly average that was reported in March 2018. Average weekly earnings were up to $427.78 per week, as compared to $425.88 per week in February.

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Court Clears The Way For Servers To Sue For Full Minimum Wage

“The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District overturned a lower court’s decision that servers, bartenders and other tipped employees in essence do not perform two jobs. The lower court’s ruling allowed restaurants to pay tipped employees on a single scale, a lower direct wage, provided gratuities made up the rest of the minimum compensation they were due under law on a weekly basis.  In its opinion, restaurants weren’t required under federal law and stated Department of Justice guidelines to pay employees a different wage for pre-shift work like cleaning restrooms, slicing fruit for the bar, or cleaning the heads of soft-drink dispensers.”

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