Restaurants expected to add 425,000 jobs this summer

June 7, 2011

Restaurants are expected to add 425,000 jobs this summer, boosting the industry's workforce 4.6 percent above March 2011 levels, the National Restaurant Association projects.

This is the industry's strongest summer employment projection since 2007.

"The restaurant industry has outperformed the overall economy when it comes to job creation for the past year, proving its role as a key driver to economic recovery and growth in America," said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the research and knowledge group for the Association. "Seasonal employment is an important indicator of industry performance, as well as a stimulus for local economies across the nation."

Eating and drinking places added 401,600 jobs (a 4.4 percent increase) during the 2010 summer season, 391,300 jobs (4.2 percent increase) during the 2009 summer season, and 352,900 jobs (3.7 percent increase) during the 2008 summer season.

The restaurant industry is usually the nation's second-largest creator of summer jobs, ranking behind the construction industry.

States projected to add the most eating-and-drinking-place jobs in the 2011 summer season: New York (39,700), California (35,100) and Massachusetts (27,100). The largest proportional increases: Maine (31.1 percent increase), Alaska (23 percent increase) and Delaware (20.6 percent increase).