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Restaurant jobs top the menu

Are we becoming a nation of hamburger flippers?

While it remains incredibly tough to find a job in almost any field, the restaurant business has been adding workers at a considerable clip. In September, restaurants and bars in the U.S. added 34,000 jobs. In that same month, the entire private sector added just 64,000 jobs.

"The economy has recovered a little bit and people want to eat out," said Jack Russo, senior consumer analyst for Edward Jones Investments. That has spurred hiring and prompted enthusiasm on Wall Street, where investors are hungry for any morsel of good news. Restaurant stocks are soaring. Read on in today's Business section:

Management trainee Lisa Chiu, one of dozens of recruits learning the ropes at Panda Restaurant Group’s training center in Rosemead, loads coins into a cash register. (Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times / Oct. 19, 2010)

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