According to Restaurant Industry Statistics, Women and Minorities Fare Well

Restaurant Industry Statistics Proving that gender and racial discrimination are not completely dominant in the American workplace, recent research done on restaurant industry statistics by the The National Restaurant Association shows that nearly 50 percent of all eateries in the United States are now owned by women, and restaurants hire more minority managers than any other industry.

While the restaurant industry is the second largest employer, giving jobs to nearly 13 million people, women and minorities are especially well represented. For example, Hispanic restaurant ownership has increased 42 percent in the past five years. The restaurants industry has provided 1.5 million new jobs over the past 10 years.

Many female and minority workers got their very first jobs in some aspect of the restaurant industry. The research shows that one in four adults had their first job experience in a dining establishment, and that almost 50 percent of all U.S. residents have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives.

Surprisingly enough, it's not the large chains and fast food conglomerates who are the major employers in food service. Ninety three percent of all restaurants have fewer than 50 employees. Also, more than 80 percent of restaurant managers got their start as front-line employees.

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