According to the U.S. based National Restaurant Association's chief economist, Bruce Grindy, eating and drinking places added a net 38,000 jobs in December, their second-strongest monthly gain of 2012. Restaurants continued to add jobs at a robust pace in December, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Eating and drinking places — the primary component of the restaurant industry, which accounts for roughly three-fourths of the total restaurant and foodservice workforce — added a net 38,000 jobs in December on a seasonally-adjusted basis. December's solid hiring output was the second-strongest gain of the year, finishing only behind a net increase of 39,600 jobs in August. In total, eating and drinking places added a net 285,600 jobs during 2012.
Overall, the national economy added a net 155,000 jobs in December, which is generally on trend with the job growth registered during the second half of 2012. Job growth was broad-based in December, with the health care (45,000) construction (30,000), manufacturing (25,000), professional-and-business services (19,000) and financial activities (9,000) sectors all posting employment gains.
Although the national economy added more than 1.8 million jobs during 2012, it still remains roughly 4 million jobs down from the prerecession peak in January 2008. Steady job growth is expected in 2013, but full employment recovery will not likely occur until late 2014.
Source: National Restaruant Association
The National Restaurant Association surveyed 1800 chefs and 200 professional bartenders about what trends we can expect to see in 2013. This under 3 minute video gives you the result of that research.