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Restaurant Labor Shortage Continues as Hiring Drops

September 20, 2022

The pace of hiring at restaurants and bars plunged in August, as only 18,200 such jobs were filled in the U.S., about 75% fewer than the July figures recorded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Government estimates suggest the food-and-beverage industry is about 600,000 workers short of its pre-pandemic levels. Businesses in the agency’s leisure and hospitality sector, which includes food-and-beverage service establishments, filled 31,000 jobs in August, down from 95,000 hires in July and 202,000 in August 2021. However, the agency also reported that the percentage of people working from home dropped to 6.4% in August from 7.1% in July. The cafes, coffee shops and restaurants that depend on office workers’ business could see increased sales.

For more detail, see Restaurant Business.