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Economist's Notebook: Steady job growth bodes well for restaurants

The overall economy added over 200,000 jobs for the sixth consecutive month, the first such occurrence since 1997.  Continued growth will bode well for the restaurant industry, as consumers will be in a better position to burn off their pent-up demand for restaurants, according to the NRA’s Chief Economist Bruce Grindy.

The restaurant industry remains among the top sectors in post-recession job growth, according to new figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Eating and drinking places added a net 18,600 jobs in July on a seasonally-adjusted basis, the 53rd straight monthly increase and 25th consecutive month with gains of at least 10,000 jobs. 

Overall, the restaurant industry has added nearly 1.4 million jobs since the employment recovery began in March 2010.  This ranks only behind the professional and business services (+2.7 million jobs) and health care and social assistance (+1.4 million jobs) sectors as the top job-creator during this period. 

The overall economy also seems to have settled into a path of steady growth in recent months.  The national economy added a net 209,000 jobs in July, which represented the sixth consecutive month with gains of at least 200,000 jobs.  Putting this in historical context, we have to go all the way back to 1997 to find another six-month steak with growth above the 200,000 level.

A continuation of this growth will bode well for the restaurant industry, as consumers will grow more confident in their personal finances and be in a better position to burn off their pent-up demand for food away from home.

Read more from the Economist’s Notebook and get additional analysis of restaurant industry trends on the newly re-launched Restaurant TrendMapper (subscription required).


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