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Chipotle hiring 15K new employees ahead of 'Burrito Season'

Chipotle wants locations fully staffed ahead of its busiest time of year.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Did you know we're just a month away from what Chipotle calls "Burrito Season?" To get ready for said "Burrito Season," Chipotle is launching a new hiring campaign, looking to add 15,000 new employees. 

The chain wants to ensure its stores are fully staffed ahead of its busiest time of year, the March-to-May period referred to as, you guessed it, "Burrito Season."

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The Mexican food chain has 3,000 locations right now and is planning to more than double in size to 7,000 restaurant locations in the future.

Chipotle's hiring blitz is in line with what's become the norm for the restaurant industry for the last two years. Restaurants have added jobs for 24 straight months since the height of the pandemic, but filling those jobs hasn't been simple.

It's why employment is still more than 3% lower than before the pandemic. In fact, a survey by the National Restaurant Association found two-thirds of restaurants report not having enough employees to keep up with demand.

 So the next time you're impatiently waiting in line for that burrito bowl, remember to be kind to the people working. They're likely doing more with fewer people on staff.

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