Restaurants continue to add jobs

Employment in the restaurant industry rose at a steady pace in recent months. According to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, eating and drinking places added a net 24,400 jobs in January on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

January represented the fifth time in the last six months that the restaurant industry added more than 20,000 jobs. This was a solid improvement from the modest gains during mid-2019.

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