By the Numbers
Restaurant-industry sales, in billions of current dollars
Source: National Restaurant Association
Almost 1 in 10 working Americans are
Did you know?
More than one out of four American adults got
their first job in a restaurant.
Nearly half of all Americans have worked in a
restaurant at some point in their working careers.
America’s eating-and-drinking places employ more
minority managers than any other industry.
Sources: Figures are based on National Restaurant Association
research and data from federal and state government agencies.
See www.restaurant.org/research/state for more information
Restaurant Industry at a Glance
Arkansas’s restaurants are an increasingly important part of
the state’s economy. Restaurants are a key driver of employment in
Arkansas, and their sales generate tremendous tax revenues for the state.
The contribution of Arkansas’s restaurants extends far beyond the jobs they
create, the careers they build and the revenues they generate. America’s
restaurants today are leaders in nutrition and healthy living, sustainability and
social responsibility, and entrepreneurship and business opportunities.
For more information visit www.restaurant.org.
Restaurant and Foodservice Employment
In 2009, Arkansas’s restaurants will register
$3.2 billion in sales.*
In 2007, there were 4,400
Every $1 spent in
generates an additional
$1 in sales for Arkansas’s
Each additional $1 million
spent in Arkansas’s eating-
and-drinking places gener-
ates an additional 33.5
jobs in Arkansas.
18.3% Job Growth
19,800 New Jobs
Arkansas Restaurants by the Numbers
Restaurant jobs represent 9 percent of total
employment in Arkansas.