Dunkin 'to hire 25,000 workers as coronavirus lockdown eases

Dunkin ‘to hire 25,000 workers as coronavirus lockdown eases

Dunkin ‘, a unit of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, said Monday its franchisees are seeking to hire up to 25,000 workers as it prepares for higher demand, with U.S. states reopening after months of long lockdowns to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin ‘, which has about 90 percent of its restaurants open, said new jobs include front-of-counter to managerial roles at restaurants and added that it was committed to diversity and inclusion.

Dunkin ‘would also launch a national advertising campaign in Spanish and English for the recruits and said it would partner with Southern New Hampshire University to offer low-cost online college education to its employees.

The US economy unexpectedly added jobs in May after suffering record losses in the prior month, offering the clearest signal yet that the downturn triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic was probably over, though the road to recovery could be long.

The Labor Department’s employment report on Friday showed jobless rates falling to 13.3 percent last month from 14.7 percent in April, helped by restaurants and bars, which added 1.4 million jobs after losing 6 million in April and March.