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Food Services and Drinking Places: NAICS 722

About the Food Services and Drinking Places subsector

The food services and drinking places subsector is part of the accommodation and food services sector.

Industries in the Food Services and Drinking Places subsector prepare meals, snacks, and beverages to customer order for immediate on-premises and off-premises consumption. There is a wide range of establishments in these industries. Some provide food and drink only; while others provide various combinations of seating space, waiter/waitress services and incidental amenities, such as limited entertainment. The industries in the subsector are grouped based on the type and level of services provided. The industry groups are full-service restaurants; limited-service eating places; special food services, such as food service contractors, caterers, and mobile food services; and drinking places.

North American Industry Classification System

The food services and drinking places subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Full-Service Restaurants: NAICS 7221
  • Limited-Service Eating Places: NAICS 7222
  • Special Food Services: NAICS 7223
  • Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages): NAICS 7224

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in food services and drinking places. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, union membership and representation, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

6,227.1 7,688.3 (p)9,164.8 (p)9,666.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

5,258.3 6,682.9 (p)8,151.5  

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

35.4% 32.3% 24.1% 21.8%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Union Membership and Representation

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2016 2017 2018 2019

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

1.6% 1.4% 1.3% 1.4%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

2.0% 1.8% 1.7% 1.9%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

3,353,460

Cooks, fast food

512,550

Cooks, restaurant

1,240,090

First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers

818,040

Waiters and waitresses

2,234,030

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for food services and drinking places.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in food services and drinking places.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$15.32 $15.76 $15.82 (p)$15.53

Average weekly hours

23.9 23.3 25.6 (p)25.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$13.72 $13.32 $13.64 (p)$13.65

Average weekly hours

22.7 21.8 24.2 (p)24.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2016 2017 2018 2019

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$491 $501 $536 $562

Members of unions

$567 $586 $621 $611

Represented by unions

$575 $564 $619 $595

Nonunion

$490 $500 $535 $560

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

10.69 10.96 22,240 22,800

Cooks, fast food

11.30 11.30 23,510 23,510

Cooks, restaurant

13.23 13.62 27,510 28,320

First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers

15.47 17.29 32,170 35,970

Waiters and waitresses

10.83 12.75 22,530 26,530

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in food services and drinking places. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

118 165 138 129

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2018

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.9

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.2

Cases involving days away from work

0.8

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.3

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in food services and drinking places. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)647,632 (p)652,086 (p)656,799 (p)659,818

Local government

(p)533 (p)534 (p)536 (p)530

State government

(p)4 (p)4 (p)4 (p)4

Federal government

(p)198 (p)197 (p)198 (p)201

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2016 2017 2018 2019

Labor productivity index, output per hour

99.757 100.136 101.675 102.154

Percent change from previous year

0.9 0.4 1.5 0.5

Labor index, total labor hours

116.831 119.789 121.679 123.008

Percent change from previous year

2.1 2.5 1.6 1.1

Output index

116.547 119.951 123.717 125.657

Percent change from previous year

3.0 2.9 3.1 1.6

Unit labor costs index

126.321 130.953 134.217 139.386

Percent change from previous year

3.6 3.7 2.5 3.9

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: August 07, 2020