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Fast Food joints providing deals, jobs

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Fast food deals right now are good and plenty.

Just about every big food chain has some kind of deal available.

Specials, promotions and even free offers are hitting consumers as the new year progresses.

Economists say one reason is that unemployment remains high among fast food restaurants' core demographic, 18 to 34-year-olds.

Economists say value for those consumers remains as important as ever, even as the economy limps toward recovery.

Even so, restaurants are doing their part to move the economy forward.

Records show the food services industry added 25,000 jobs last month, and was one of the top job creators among the 14 sectors the government watches.

Overall, restaurants and other food and drink establishments added 188-thousand jobs last year, with hiring picking up briskly in the second half.

Economists say restaurant activity goes along with consumer spending and job growth.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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