• Home
    Home We Serve America's Restaurants Representing nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses, we advocate for restaurant and foodservice industry interests and provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes achieve success.
  • Foundation
    Foundation Building & Retaining Talent The NRAEF is focused on developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders through education, scholarships and community engagement.
  • Show
    Show May 18-21, 2019 As the international foodservice marketplace, the National Restaurant Association Show provides unparalleled opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from each other.
  • ServSafe
    ServSafe Minimize Risk. Maximize Protection. For over 40 years, ServSafe® training programs have delivered the knowledge, leadership and protection that have earned the trust and confidence of business leaders everywhere.

National Restaurant Association - Economist's Notebook: Quickservice operators are driving industry job growth

Skip to navigation Skip to content

News & Research

Email Print
News RSS

Economist's Notebook: Quickservice operators are driving industry job growth

In his latest commentary, the National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy breaks down the latest restaurant industry employment trends.  The restaurant industry continues to outpace job growth in the overall economy, led by solid gains in the quickservice segment.

Restaurant industry job growth continues to outstrip the overall economy, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Eating and drinking places – the primary component of the restaurant industry which accounts for roughly three-fourths of the total restaurant and foodservice workforce – added a net 21,200 jobs in August on a seasonally-adjusted basis, the 31st consecutive month in which the industry added more than 10,000 jobs. 

Although employment gains within the restaurant industry have been generally broad based, quickservice operators added the most net new jobs in recent months.  On a year-to-date basis through July 2013, the quickservice segment added jobs at a robust 4.7 percent rate, which is well above the 3.3 percent gain in the overall eating-and-drinking place segment.  This translates to quickservice operators being responsible for more than half of the total increase in restaurant jobs over the last year. 

The snack and nonalcoholic beverage bar segment – including coffee, donut and ice cream shops – posted similar growth, adding jobs at a 4.3 percent rate on a year-to-date basis through July. 

Foodservice contractors (managed service providers) posted the strongest industry job growth in percentage terms, with payrolls expanding at a robust 7.0 percent rate through July. 

Meanwhile, the fullservice restaurant segment added jobs at a 2.2 percent rate on a year-to-date basis through July 2013, which is still more than half-percentage-point above job growth in the overall economy during the same period. 

The cafeteria/grill buffets/buffets segment was the only major category to shed jobs in recent months, as payrolls fell 3.3 percent year-to-date through July.

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

Restaurant Industry Employment Trends
Figures are not seasonally-adjusted

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Restaurant Association
Note: Segment-level figures are one month lagged behind overall eating and drinking place figures

Conserve RSS Healthcare RSS Conserve RSS

▲ Back to Top

New report

Spot Ad right

We're glad you're here!®

® 2012-2017 National Restaurant Association. All rights reserved.

2055 L St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-5900 | (800) 424-5156