Chef Jobs Improve Contrary to BLS Projections

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The number of open chef positions increased between August and October from 18,627 to 19,942.

While every industry was hit hard by the recession, chefs took a particularly bad blow. While everyone still needs to eat during hard times, not everyone can afford to go out to restaurants, forcing many establishments to cut staff. However, recent job numbers from paint a slightly more optimistic picture.

In fact, the jobs site has shown a steady rise in open positions since August 2012. During August, the site listed 18,627 positions. That number went up considerably in October with 19,942 listings. The numbers took a dip in November to rest at 18,646 but the general rise is a positive trend that those who are unemployed in the food services industry should pay attention to.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that there will be fewer chef positions in the country by 2020. As of 2010, the BLS reported 100,600 positions for chefs and that number is projected to decrease to 99,800 by 2020. This is a drop of 0.1-percent. While only a slight drop, it’s still not representative of what found.

“Chefs have been hit hard in this economy,” says CEO, A. Harrison Barnes, “but a steady rise in job postings means there is more work available.” He adds, “We’re confident that the position of chef in a variety of settings will remain a strong employment opportunity for many people in this country.”

It’s the nature of the market for jobs to fluctuate but an upward trend in this economy is reason to celebrate. Chefs that prepare food at restaurants, companies, or private residences may still need to pound the pavement to find work but they can rest assured that there is an increased number of positions available when they search jobs. Projections can’t keep track of everything like unexpected changes in the economy. “We have an edge on those job surveys and projections,” says Barnes, “because our numbers are based on actual open positions.”

About is a part of the Employment Research Institute. It’s one of many sites that offers niche job listings. It’s owned by A. Harrison Barnes and is based in Pasadena, CA.

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