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Over the last year, personal services franchisees — which range from spa, senior care and personal fitness services — have seen job growth spike 12.7 percent, according to a new report from ADP, a payroll processing firm. Other franchise sectors with strong year-over-year growth include auto parts and dealers at 6.1 percent and restaurants at 5.3 percent.

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Personal services also posted the largest month-over-month growth rate in March, while restaurants contributed the most jobs to total franchisee growth of any group, according to ADP data.

“Accommodations experienced a second consecutive month of solid growth in March, while restaurant employment growth bounced back to its nine-month average,” Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute, said in a statement. “Accelerating wage growth in the workforce may be helping to drive the gains in these two segments.