An Olive Garden restaurant in Times Square in New York.
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As bars and eateries struggle to staff up, several large restaurant chains have announced higher pay to entice workers to apply and stick around.
Eating and drinking places added more than half a million jobs from March through June, according to the Department of Labor. But the unemployment rate for the industry remains elevated, hitting 10% in June, up from 9% the previous month. And warmer weather typically ushers in higher demand for restaurant meals anyway, putting more pressure on employers to add to their workforce.
Enrique Lopezlira, the director of the low-wage work program at the…