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Home Publications Graphic Economics Growth in Food Services and Drinking Places Employment as a Share of Nonfarm Employment Growth
Growth in Food Services and Drinking Places Employment as a Share of Nonfarm Employment Growth Print

September 7, 2012

The restaurant sector continued to show robust job growth in August, adding 28,300 jobs. This unusually strong growth can be used to clear up some confusion in news accounts about the nature of the jobs being created in the recovery. A disproportionate share of new jobs have been in low-paying sectors. This should be expected. The quality of jobs is in part a function of the quantity. When the unemployment rate is low, there are still bad jobs being created, but they just go unfilled.

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