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Facts at a Glance

  • $799 billion: Restaurant industry sales. (Source: 2017 State of the Industry)
  • 1 million+: Restaurant locations in the United States.
  • 14.7 million: Restaurant industry employees.
  • 1.6 million: New restaurant jobs created by the year 2027.
  • 10%: Restaurant workforce as part of the overall U.S. workforce.
  • 9 in 10: Restaurant managers who started at entry level. 
  • 8 in 10: Restaurant owners who started their industry careers in entry-level positions.
  • 9 in 10: Restaurants with fewer than 50 employees.
  • 7 in 10: Restaurants that are single-unit operations.

Learn more in our 2017 Restaurant Industry Pocket Factbook.

Restaurant Industry Dashboard

This continually updated dashboard of key indicators offers an overview of restaurant industry business conditions. Click on each chart to enlarge, and get more details in the Restaurant Performance Index, 2017 restaurant sales projections and Economist's Notebook website sections, and on Restaurant TrendMapper (subscription required). 

 

Last updated 4/28/2017

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