Hospitality jobs expected to grow in Ohio and Illinois

Friday, December 09, 2011

A move by a casino developer to buy the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, is expected to create hundreds of new jobs in the city. Meanwhile, officials in Indianapolis, Illinois, gearing up for the next Super Bowl said they need to hire thousands of new temporary workers in the hospitality industry.

In Cleveland, Rock Ohio Caesars Entertainment announced it agreed to purchase the Ritz-Carlton for $36.5 million, as well as an attached five-story commercial office building.

The company said the Ritz will continue to operate as the city's only AAA four-diamond rated hotel as it builds its new Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, which is expected to open early next year. More than 600 people have already been hired to work at the new casino.

In Indianapolis, four local companies have been contracted to hire thousands of workers for jobs in and around Lucas Oil Stadium as part of Super Bowl weekend, according to WTHR News.

The companies said they are looking for a broad range of workers for openings that include parking attendants, security, mobility assistants, administration, food services and support. Most of the jobs will pay between $10 to $15 an hour and some of the positions will be available immediately following first of the year.