Bruce Grindy, the chief economist at the National Restaurant Association comprised of 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets, credits coffee shops as a factor in job growth in the United States this year.
"Job growth within the restaurant industry was broad-based in the first half of 2015, with several of the major segments registering strong gains. Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars – including coffee, donut and ice cream shops – were among the leading sectors of the economy with a robust 6.4% employment gain on a year-to-date basis through May (segment figures are one month lagged). Quickservice restaurants (3.8%) and tableservice restaurants (3.5%) also added jobs at rates well above the overall economy during the first five months of the year."
According to Grindy, this is a continuation of a broader trend: "For eating and drinking places, the 3.7% year-to-date growth puts the restaurant industry on track to register its fourth consecutive year with job growth of at least 3.5%. In addition, it would represent the 16th consecutive year in which restaurant industry job growth outpaced the overall economy.“