Restaurant industry job growth remains modest

Mirroring the trend in the overall economy, restaurant industry job growth slowed in recent months. According to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, eating and drinking places added a net 11,900 jobs in August on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

August represented the fourth consecutive month of modest restaurant job growth. Monthly gains between May and August averaged just 7,700 jobs per month on a seasonally-adjusted basis. This was down substantially from the average growth of 26,000 jobs during the first four months of 2019.

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