Restaurant Industry Soaring After New Job Numbers Released


By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) January proved to be a solid month for job growth as U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs. But the unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.9%. Many of us want to know though, how is the Gem State doing?

Chcik–Fil–A opened on January 10th, creating 75 initial jobs.

Bill Ysteuta, Owner and Operator of Chick-Fil-A says, "I just feel blessed to be here in Twin Falls and opening a new restaurant here."

According to the National Restaurant Association, the industry added jobs at double the overall rate of the economy in 2012. Companies such as Chick–Fil–A are making this trend continue into 2013.

Ysteuta adds, "it's been pretty nice to be able to hire some great people here, a lot of young people who had really been looking for work for a long time. To hire them, to put them into the economy, they can go off and spend money at other businesses and help the economy grow and grow."

Idaho as a whole has managed to lower its unemployment rate from 9.2% to 6.6%.

Governor "Butch" Otter isn't satisfied as there's about 18–thousand jobs he says aren't being filled.

Otter says, "some of these folks that may have lost their job in a different time, there's new equipment in their plant now, and it's higher tech equipment, more modern day equipment. And we need to bring those people up to those skills, whether it's computer skills, or whatever, it's in order to go back to work at those same work positions."

Looking ahead, state lawmakers are looking for sustainable growth.

Speaker Scott Bedke says, "if you get unsustainable growth, there's always a crash and I think that we're growing slowly but surely."

With all the positive news, Idaho still has 54,000 looking for work.

Retailers added 33,000 positions in January, while restaurants and hotels teamed up to add 17,000.

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