Private hiring steady, home sales surging.
A small but growing number of restaurants are following new model.
City has led the nation on mandating worker benefits.
Households more upbeat about the labor market.
Available positions include food servers, bartenders, hosts, and service support roles.
The deceleration in July is likely to be followed by stronger spending increases in coming months.
Unemployment Compensation Reform Joint Committee says solution lies in balance.
Improved U.S. outlook discussed in Jackson Hole
Fed chairman says 'case for an increase' in rates has strengthened.
Metro area ranks No. 5 in nation for negative equity.