Thank Restaurants for Creating 560,000 Jobs in the Last 2 Years

The National Restaurant Association says some 13 million people work in the restaurant industry


The National Restaurant Association is definitely giving itself a pat on the back; the NRA crunched numbers and found that their very own industry added 560,000 jobs in the last two years.

More than 200,000 of those jobs were created in the last six months alone; the NRA predicts that the industry will add on another 1.4 million jobs in the next decade.

As of now, numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that almost 13 million people work in the restuarant industry; that's nearly 10 percent of the U.S. workforce.

Of course, the highest growing positions are supervisors as well as waiters and waitresses. Still, the NRA is really selling waitressing as a good option, citing stats that show eight in 10 restaurant owners first started at an entry-level position, while more than nine out of 10 managers started out with hourly wages instead of salaries.

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