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Facts at a Glance

  • $709.2 billion: Restaurant industry sales.
  • 3.8%: Restaurant industry sales increase in nominal terms.
  • 1.5%: Restaurant industry sales increase in real (inflation-adjusted) terms.
  • 1 million: Restaurant locations in the United States.
  • 4%: Restaurant industry sales share of the U.S. gross domestic product.
  • $1.9 billion: Restaurant industry sales on a typical day.
  • 14 million: Restaurant industry employees.
  • 1.7 million: New restaurant jobs created by the year 2025.
  • 10%: Restaurant workforce as part of the overall U.S. workforce.
  • 47%: Restaurant industry share of the food dollar.
  • Nine in 10: Restaurant managers who started at entry level. 
  • Eight in 10: Restaurant owners who started their industry careers in entry-level positions.
  • Nine in 10: Restaurants with fewer than 50 employees.
  • Seven in 10: Restaurants that are single-unit operations.

View 2015 Pocket Factbook View 2015 Forecast Summary

Restaurant Industry Dashboard

This continually updated dashboard of key indicators offers an overview of restaurant industry business conditions. Click on each chart to enlarge, and get more details in the Restaurant Performance Index, 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast and Economist's Notebook website sections, and on Restaurant TrendMapper (subscription required). 


Last updated 2/9/2016

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