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January 25, 2021

2021 Economic Outlook: The long road to recovery continues

While the national economy is projected to register healthy growth in 2021, the labor market isn’t expected to fully recover until 2022.

January 15, 2021

Restaurant sales fell to their lowest level since June

Restaurant sales declined for the third consecutive month in December, with total industry sales losses reaching $240 billion in 2020.

January 11, 2021

Looking back to move forward: Association shares top 10 trends for 2021

After the devastation of 2020, we assess the state of our industry and offer a sampling of trends shaping businesses this year.

January 8, 2021

Nearly 400k restaurant jobs were lost in December

Eating and drinking places finished 2020 nearly 2.5 million jobs (or 20%) below their pre-coronavirus employment level.

December 23, 2020

Tourism-related spending in restaurants fell sharply in recent months

The percent of restaurant sales coming from travelers and visitors is less than half of what it was before COVID-19.

December 22, 2020

Thirty-six states lost restaurant jobs in November

Restaurant employment in 47 states and the District of Columbia remained below February’s pre-coronavirus level.

December 16, 2020

Restaurant sales fell for the second consecutive month

Restaurant sales plunged 4% in November, and a majority of operators expect business conditions to worsen during the winter months.

December 9, 2020

Association ramps up efforts to get Congress to aid restaurants

Seeks Congressional leadership’s help to pass COVID-19 restaurant relief legislation as industry faces record closures during pandemic.

December 4, 2020

The restaurant industry employment recovery stalled in November

As business conditions continue to deteriorate, the likelihood of additional restaurant staffing reductions is rising.

November 20, 2020

Restaurant jobs remain below pre-pandemic levels in 46 states and DC

Hawaii, Vermont and the District of Columbia have the largest deficits from their pre-coronavirus employment levels.