America’s Restaurants Feed the U.S. Economy

Posted 4.22.2018

Restaurants are the cornerstone of every community – giving families, residents, and tourists a memorable place to gather and celebrate. Restaurants also provide jobs and build careers for tens of millions of people. The economic impact of the U.S. restaurant and foodservice industry is as follows:

1 Million
Number of restaurant and foodservice locations nationwide pre-COVID
15.6 Million
(10 percent of the U.S. Workforce): Number of restaurant and foodservice jobs nationwide pre-COVID
$799 Billion
(4 percent of the U.S. GDP): Total restaurant and foodservice sales nationwide pre-COVID
$2 Trillion +/-
Economic impact of the restaurant and foodservice industry pre-COVID
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