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The Wall Street Journal: Summer Youth Unemployment Falls to Lowest Level Since 1969

Toppers Pizza founder and president Scott Gittrich discusses hiring in the pizza industry

With a lower unemployment rate comes a challenge for franchise companies seeking qualified and talented workers, and recent data shows that hiring young workers has become even more challenging. According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, the unemployment rate among 16-24 year olds interested in working fell to its lowest level in almost 50 years.

To attract and retain good employees, brands like Wisconsin-based growing better pizza franchise Toppers Pizza has employed more aggressive tactics to bring workers in. "“If you wait five days to call someone back, they already have a job,” Scott Gittrich, founder and president of Toppers Pizza, told the Wall Street Journal. The company has amped up proactive hiring tactics mainly in more affluent areas away from colleges where the brand has an easier time finding college-aged employees. 

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