Restaurant hiring appears to be up in many parts of the country

The restaurant industry has been seeing a great deal of activity in a number of states in recent weeks.

Most prominently was McDonald's push to hire 50,000 workers on Tuesday, April 19, but there was activity in other areas of the industry as well.

Virginia was one state that saw an increase in hiring in the restaurant sector this past month.

The Daily Press reports that the Virginia Employment Commission released a report that indicated that the state's leisure and hospitality sector added 7,500 jobs in March. That figure represented the highest increase for any sector in the state in March.

In addition, Virginia was one of 34 states that saw its unemployment rate drop in the last month. Virginia's unemployment rate is currently 6.3 percent.

Another state that relies heavily on the restaurant and hospitality sector saw increases in hirings as well. Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 11.1 percent, which, while higher than the national average, is the lowest it has been since November 2009, according to the Jackson County Floridan.