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By the numbers: Industry performance 2021

Our Research & Knowledge Group is a leading authority on restaurant industry facts, stats and forecasts. 

$799 billion

Restaurant industry sales in 2021, down $65 billion from 2019’s pre-pandemic levels

14.5 million

Restaurant industry employees at the end of 2021, down 1 million from pre-pandemic levels

9 in 10 restaurants

have fewer than 50 employees

8 in 10 restaurant owners

started their industry careers in entry-level positions