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October 20, 2020

Thirty-two states lost restaurant jobs in September

Restaurant employment in 47 states and the District of Columbia remained below February’s pre-coronavirus level.

October 16, 2020

Restaurant sales growth slowed significantly in September

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales topped $200 billion during the first seven months of the pandemic.

October 14, 2020

Association CEO addresses industry recovery in 2021

Tom Bené outlines the plans and programs on tap to assist restaurants devastated by COVID-19.

October 2, 2020

Restaurant employment still 2.3 million below pre-coronavirus levels

After an initial hiring surge in the aftermath of the coronavirus lockdowns, restaurant job growth slowed significantly in recent months.

September 18, 2020

Fourteen states lost restaurant jobs in August

Five states – South Dakota, Maine, Indiana, Idaho and Mississippi – surpassed their pre-coronavirus restaurant employment peaks.

September 17, 2020

Consumers respond to new off-premises options at restaurants

Seven in 10 operators say off-premises sales represent a higher proportion of their total business compared to pre-coronavirus levels.

September 16, 2020

Restaurant sales rose in August, but operators remained concerned

As total restaurant sales losses topped $185 billion, a majority of operators do not expect their business to fully recover within 6 months.

September 4, 2020

Restaurant employment recovery is in danger of stalling

The restaurant industry added just 133,600 jobs in August, and staffing levels remain nearly 2.5 million jobs below the pre-coronavirus peak.

August 21, 2020

Speed of restaurant employment recovery varies significantly by state

Four states – Texas, Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma – lost eating and drinking place jobs in July.

August 18, 2020

Consumers are worried their restaurants will not survive the pandemic

A majority of U.S. adults say they know of a restaurant in their community that has permanently closed during the coronavirus outbreak.