The National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy breaks down state-level job growth in 2013. The restaurant industry registered broad-based job growth across the nation in 2013, led by strong gains in Nevada, Texas, and the District of Columbia. In addition, restaurant job growth outpaced the overall economy in 48 states and D.C.
The restaurant industry registered broad-based job growth on the state level in 2013, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The industry posted a net employment gain in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2013, marking the third consecutive year of a clean sweep.
Nevada set the pace with a robust 6.3 percent gain in restaurant jobs, which returned the Silver State to the top of the list for the first time since 2006. Before being hit hard by the Great Recession, Nevada enjoyed a steady run of growth, leading the nation in restaurant employment gains each year from 2001 to 2006.
Texas and the District of Columbia both added restaurant jobs at a strong 5.3 percent rate in 2013, while California, Utah and Georgia all registered gains of at least 5 percent.
For California, the 5.1 percent gain represented the state’s strongest annual increase in restaurant jobs in the history of the BLS industry-level data series, which dates back to 1990.
In terms of total jobs added, California led the way with a net increase of 58,000 restaurant jobs in 2013. The Texas restaurant industry added a net 45,800 jobs in 2013, while Florida’s restaurants added 31,300 jobs.
In 48 states and the District of Columbia, restaurant industry job growth outpaced the overall economy in 2013. The differential between restaurant job growth and total job growth was largest in the District of Columbia at 3.9 percent. Restaurants in Nevada (+3.6%), Tennessee (+3.0%), Georgia (+3.0%), Connecticut (+2.8%) and New York (+2.8%) also added jobs at rates well above their overall economies in 2012.
Although North Dakota’s overall economy led the nation with a strong 3.6 percent employment gain in 2013, its restaurant industry added jobs at only half that rate. South Dakota’s restaurant job growth also lagged somewhat behind its overall economy in 2013.
On a national level, eating and drinking places added jobs at a 3.7 percent rate in 2013, more than double the 1.7 percent gain in total U.S. employment.
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