Arkansas Resturant Industry Data by ResumeBear


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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

America’s Restaurants:

By the Numbers
Almost 1 in 10 working Americans are restaurant employees

Restaurants’ share of the food dollar is rising

Arkansas Restaurants by the Numbers
In 2007, there were 4,400 eating-and-drinking places in Arkansas.

JOBS Restaurant and Foodservice Employment 108,300 128,100
18.3% Job Growth by 2019 19,800 New Jobs 25% 1955 48.0% Present

Every $1 spent in Arkansas’s restaurants generates an additional $1 in sales for Arkansas’s economy. Each additional $1 million spent in Arkansas’s eatingand-drinking places generates an additional 33.5 jobs in Arkansas.



Annual industry sales exceed a half-trillion dollars
Restaurant-industry sales, in billions of current dollars $565.9 $379.0 $239.3 $119.6 $42.8
1970 1980 1990 2000 2009*

Restaurant jobs represent 9 percent of total employment in Arkansas.

In 2009, Arkansas’s restaurants will register $3.2 billion in sales.*
* projected

* projected Source: National Restaurant Association

Did you know?
I More than one out of four American adults got their first job in a restaurant. I Nearly half of all Americans have worked in a restaurant at some point in their working careers. I 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 for more information

Arkansas’s Restaurants:
Impact by Congressional District
Cong. Dist. U.S. Representative Restaurant Restaurant Establishments* Employees*

1 2 3 4

Marion Berry (D) Vic Snyder (D) John Boozman (R) Mike Ross (D) TOTAL

1,004 1,155 1,236 1,005 4,400

17,886 20,585 22,023 17,906 78,400

* Estimates are for eating-and-drinking place establishments and employees in 2007. “Eating-and-drinking places” is a Census designation that represents about threefourths of all restaurant and foodservice employment. Source: National Restaurant Association, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau.

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