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July 26, 2021

Restaurant jobs remain below June 2019 levels in 46 states and DC

All 50 states and DC added restaurant jobs in June, but staffing levels remained dampened in nearly every state.

July 16, 2021

Restaurant sales continued to rise in June

Consumers ramped up their restaurant spending during the first half of 2021.

July 14, 2021

Wholesale food prices rose sharply in recent months

Average wholesale food prices were nearly 10% above their year-ago level in June – the strongest 12-month increase since 2011.

July 7, 2021

Restaurant employment recovery continued as openings hit a record high

Restaurant employment continued to rise in June, but the industry was only able to fill a fraction of the available job openings.

June 24, 2021

49 states and DC added restaurant jobs in May 2021

Only 4 states – Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota – have seen restaurant employment return to pre-pandemic levels.

June 15, 2021

Restaurant sales continue to trend higher

A new survey indicates consumers have yet to get their fill of restaurants, which means the positive sales trajectory has more room to run.

June 4, 2021

Restaurants added jobs for the fifth consecutive month

Eating and drinking places are still 1.5 million jobs below pre-pandemic staffing levels.

May 21, 2021

Summer hiring likely to be challenged by a shallow labor pool

While the restaurant industry is expected to expand payrolls this summer, it will likely be a mix of both coronavirus recovery and seasonal jobs.

May 21, 2021

Restaurant jobs remain below pre-pandemic levels in 49 states and DC

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

May 14, 2021

Consumers ramped up their restaurant spending in April

While the impact of stimulus checks will fade in the coming months, economic fundamentals remain conducive for continued spending growth.