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September 22, 2021

27 states lost restaurant jobs in August 2021

The August job losses were primarily concentrated in the southeast and northeast regions of the country.

September 21, 2021

Tourism-related sales fell short for most restaurants this summer

Restaurant spending by travelers and visitors remained dampened this summer, and the fall season is looking even more challenging.

September 16, 2021

Restaurant sales leveled off in August

Restaurant sales growth stalled in August, as many consumers changed their behavior due to the delta variant.

September 3, 2021

Restaurant job growth stalled in August

The August decline followed a 7-month period in which eating and drinking places added nearly 1.4 million jobs.

August 24, 2021

44 states and DC added restaurant jobs in July 2021

Restaurant job growth was broad-based in recent months, but employment remained below comparable pre-pandemic levels in 44 states and DC.

August 17, 2021

Restaurant sales rose sharply for the fifth consecutive month

Restaurant sales continued to trend higher in July, even as consumers pulled back on spending in other areas.

August 6, 2021

Restaurants within 1 million jobs of pre-pandemic peak

Eating and drinking places added a net 1.3 million jobs during the first seven months of 2021.

July 26, 2021

Restaurant jobs remain below June 2019 levels in 46 states and DC

All 50 states and DC added restaurant jobs in June, but staffing levels remained dampened in nearly every state.

July 16, 2021

Restaurant sales continued to rise in June

Consumers ramped up their restaurant spending during the first half of 2021.

July 14, 2021

Wholesale food prices rose sharply in recent months

Average wholesale food prices were nearly 10% above their year-ago level in June – the strongest 12-month increase since 2011.