The growth in middle class jobs in the restaurant industry over the last five years has been four times that of the United States economy as a whole.

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The big picture

Restaurants are a big deal. Employing more than 14.4 million Americans at over one million locations, the restaurant industry has an impact in every community across this country. Click any state to see what’s happening locally, how you can get involved and what the industry’s impact is in each state and Congressional district.