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The restaurant industry is still in its prime for both employment stability and consumer satisfaction, according to a recent report featured by the National Restaurant Association. Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association believes that this positive positioning is due to the fact that, “restaurants are the beloved cornerstones of communities across the country,” and have, “become an essential part of our everyday lives.” Currently, the industry provides more than 13.5 million job opportunities within the U.S. and employs nearly 10 percent of America’s workforce, making it the nation’s second largest private sector employer.
Furthermore, the industry has managed to stay at the top of its game with regard to positive consumer perception, with nine of our 10 consumers saying they enjoy going to restaurants and two out of five consumers reporting restaurants are an essential part of their lifestyle. In many cases, restaurants are viewed to be valuable members within their communities, as well, and it is estimated that “the charitable contributions of the nation’s nearly one million restaurants are estimated to reach up to $3 billion each year,” collectively. With all of the necessary elements for success in place, the restaurant industry is predictably poised for considerable growth and expansion over the next several years.