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Restaurant Employment Up in All 50 States in May Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

But the workforce isn't quite what it was pre-coronavirus
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Restaurants typically increase staff during warm-weather months, but a recent report by the National Restaurant Association said that more than 510,000 seasonal restaurant jobs would not be there this year because of coronavirus. That said, a new report by the same organization shows that restaurant employment rose in all 50 states and D.C. in May.

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According to the data, eating and drinking establishment added approximately 1.4 million jobs — three times more than other industries that month. These numbers are reportedly still well below the pre-coronavirus peak, and most restaurant operators don’t expect their staffing levels to return to what they were before the year ends.

Each state lost at least 28% of its workforce, due to COVID-19. Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Hampshire and New Jersey lost more than 60%. 

Looking at individual states, Texas added the most jobs with a net increase of 185,800, followed by Florida with 118,300, California with 95,000, New York with 58,600 and Tennessee with 53,700.

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Although restaurants are open in many jurisdictions now, the experience will be different from what it was like pre-coronavirus. In addition to following the proper safety procedures, be patient with those who are waiting on you and now more than ever, make sure you tip them properly.