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August 7, 2020

Restaurant job growth slowed significantly in July

Restaurant job growth is expected to be choppy in the months ahead, following the initial bounce of 3 million jobs in May and June.

July 16, 2020

Restaurant sales hit a pandemic high in June, but were far below normal

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales reached an estimated $145 billion during the first four months of the pandemic.

July 2, 2020

Restaurants added 1.5 million jobs for the second consecutive month

The impressive two-month employment bounce only marks the beginning of a long climb back to pre-coronavirus staffing levels.

June 19, 2020

Restaurant employment rose in all 50 states and DC in May

While the May job growth is a positive sign, it only marks the beginning of a painfully long road to recovery for the restaurant industry.

June 16, 2020

Restaurant sales remain well below normal levels, despite May uptick

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales likely surpassed $120 billion during the first three months of the pandemic.

June 5, 2020

Restaurant employment is starting to rebound from the historic losses

Although restaurants added 1.4 million jobs in May, their staffing levels remain down more than any other industry.

June 2, 2020

Restaurant operators do not anticipate a rapid improvement in business

Sales, employment and capital spending levels are expected to remain dampened through the end of the year.

May 27, 2020

Restaurants take action to assure customers it’s safe to dine in

Visible safety measures and transparent communications are just two ways operators are showing their commitment to protecting guests when they return to dining in.

May 22, 2020

Summer employment in restaurants is another casualty of the coronavirus

Many of the half-million seasonal restaurant jobs will not exist this summer, which will limit opportunities for first-time job seekers.

May 15, 2020

Restaurant sales fell to their lowest real level in over 35 years

Adjusting for inflation, consumer spending at eating and drinking places plunged to its lowest level since October 1984.