Job growth within the restaurant industry was broad-based on 2012, with several of the major segments registering strong gains. Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars – including coffee, donut and ice cream shops – set the pace with a robust 4.9 percent employment gain. Foodservice contactors (4.8 percent), quickservice restaurants (4.1 percent) and fullservice restaurants (3.0 percent) also added jobs at rates well above the overall economy in 2012.Eating and drinking places (restaurants and bars) are the primary component of the restaurant industry, and account for roughly three-fourths of the total restaurant and foodservice workforce. The restaurant and foodservice industry remains the nation's second largest private-sector employer with its workforce of 13.1 million.
National Restaurant Association: Restaurant Job Growth Hits 17-Year High In 2012, Is Third-Largest Job Creator Into 2013
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