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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.

November 17, 2020

Restaurant sales recovery stalled in October

Restaurant sales declined for the first time since the spring lockdowns, with total pandemic losses reaching $215 billion through October.

November 6, 2020

The restaurant industry employment recovery slowed in recent months

Restaurants added jobs for the sixth consecutive month in October, but industry employment remained 2.1 million below pre-coronavirus levels.

November 4, 2020

Consumers are expected to continue using takeout and delivery

Consumers increased their usage of takeout and delivery during the pandemic, and this trend will likely continue during the winter months.

November 4, 2020

Consumers signal a willingness to maintain their on-premises frequency

Winter is coming – but it may not lead to a decline in on-premises dining, according to new Association research.

October 20, 2020

Thirty-two states lost restaurant jobs in September

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

October 16, 2020

Restaurant sales growth slowed significantly in September

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales topped $200 billion during the first seven months of the pandemic.

October 14, 2020

Association CEO addresses industry recovery in 2021

Tom Bené outlines the plans and programs on tap to assist restaurants devastated by COVID-19.

October 2, 2020

Restaurant employment still 2.3 million below pre-coronavirus levels

After an initial hiring surge in the aftermath of the coronavirus lockdowns, restaurant job growth slowed significantly in recent months.

September 18, 2020

Fourteen states lost restaurant jobs in August

Five states – South Dakota, Maine, Indiana, Idaho and Mississippi – surpassed their pre-coronavirus restaurant employment peaks.