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September 15, 2022

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Officials in the food service industry in West Virginia continue to remind residents that they are hiring in an effort to bring staffing levels up to par with the pandemic.

The West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association (WVHTA) recently sent word that hundreds of restaurants in the Mountain State are currently hiring. There are more than 53,000 jobs in the state’s food industry, according to the organization.

WVHTA Executive Director Richie Heath told MetroNews that there has been a lot of change in the food industry because of the outbreak. Nationally, the food processing industry employs more than 14.5 million people and is working to restore an additional 635,000 jobs lost in the outbreak, the organization said.

“Restaurant and food service, there is no option for remote work there. You see a lot of opportunities for people looking to get into the industry as well as people looking to get out of the industry,” Heath said.

“Many of our restaurant owners are still trying to get to pre-suppression levels in terms of staffing.”

Heath said positions are open in all areas of the restaurant, including the kitchen, wait staff and front room staff.

He said some restaurant members of his group are working with vocational/technical schools to create a pipeline of workers in an effort to fill positions.

“We have students coming out of programs and doing internships and going into restaurants so they can help in a meaningful way and start their careers,” Heath said.

People looking for jobs in the restaurant and food service industry can find job openings on national job boards such as Real Estate, CareerBuilder, and Monster or stop by local restaurants and apply. application, said WVHTA.

The West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association is the voice of the restaurant, food service, lodging, county and visitor bureaus, and travel industries in the state.