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 eating and drinking locations nationwide in 2017.

14.7 Million
(10 percent of the U.S. Workforce): Number of restaurant and foodservice jobs nationwide in 2017.

$799 Billion
(4 percent of the U.S. GDP): Projected sales for the restaurant and foodservice industry nationwide in 2017.

$2 Trillion
annual economic impact of the restaurant industry.

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