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June 15, 2021

Restaurant sales continue to trend higher

A new survey indicates consumers have yet to get their fill of restaurants, which means the positive sales trajectory has more room to run.

June 4, 2021

Restaurants added jobs for the fifth consecutive month

Eating and drinking places are still 1.5 million jobs below pre-pandemic staffing levels.

May 21, 2021

Summer hiring likely to be challenged by a shallow labor pool

While the restaurant industry is expected to expand payrolls this summer, it will likely be a mix of both coronavirus recovery and seasonal jobs.

May 21, 2021

Restaurant jobs remain below pre-pandemic levels in 49 states and DC

The District of Columbia, Vermont, New York and Hawaii have the largest deficits from their pre-coronavirus employment levels.

May 14, 2021

Consumers ramped up their restaurant spending in April

While the impact of stimulus checks will fade in the coming months, economic fundamentals remain conducive for continued spending growth.

May 7, 2021

Restaurants added 187k jobs in April

More than 8 in 10 restaurant operators say their staffing levels are lower than what they would normally be in the absence of COVID-19.

April 16, 2021

49 states and DC added restaurant jobs in March

Despite the broad-based gains, restaurant employment remains below pre-pandemic levels in every state.

April 15, 2021

Restaurant sales rose sharply in March

Warmer weather and additional stimulus payments bolstered consumer spending in restaurants.

April 2, 2021

Restaurant employment rose for the third consecutive month

Despite the recent gains, eating and drinking places are still 1.8 million jobs below their pre-pandemic employment level.

March 26, 2021

My best idea: Operators share their pandemic innovations

Operators found clever ways to survive last year, and their actions confirm 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry trend data.