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August 8, 2019

Restaurants continue to face staffing challenges

Competition for employees in the restaurant industry remains intense, despite recent decline in job openings.

July 11, 2019

Economic outlook for 2nd half of 2019 remains positive

Consumers are expected to remain in a relatively good financial position, which is positive for restaurants.  

July 2, 2019

Consumers add delivery and catering to July 4 dining mix

The holiday could give restaurant customers yet another reason to “dine out at home” when they celebrate with friends and loved ones.

June 19, 2019

Gas prices expected to remain elevated this summer

Rising gas prices haven’t crowded out restaurant spending thus far in 2019. 

June 5, 2019

Restaurant Performance Index falls sharply in April

The decline is the result of the current operating environment and operators' weakening future expectations.

June 5, 2019

Restaurant industry added nearly 14k locations in 2018

The restaurant industry added more than 10,000 locations for the third consecutive year. 

May 22, 2019

Restaurants projected to add 515k seasonal jobs this summer

Although restaurants will add more than a half-million jobs for the seventh consecutive summer, hiring will be somewhat curtailed in 2019.

May 22, 2019

Teens come back to the restaurant workforce – for now

Teen restaurant employment is at its highest level since 2007, but long-term projections suggest a downward trend. 

May 22, 2019

Restaurants are tapping into a seasoned labor pool

Older adults were the fastest-growing cohort of restaurant employees in recent years.

May 15, 2019

Consumers are uncertain about personal finances and the economy

Millennials are particularly downbeat about their personal economies.  

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