Restaurants Among Few Sectors Reporting Job Growth

Business Gazette:

While many industries in Maryland have struggled to add, or even hold onto, workers this year, restaurants have been hiring in recent months, according to labor department figures.

Still, many restaurateurs are struggling. Only 19 percent in the state reported higher same-store sales in August; 59 percent reported a sales decline, according to a National Restaurant Association survey released by the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

Overall sales at Maryland restaurants during the first eight months this year were down 0.1 percent from last year to $5.86 billion, according to an analysis by the restaurant association of figures from the state Comptroller’s Office. Sales declines were seen in Montgomery County and Baltimore city, while Prince George’s and Frederick counties posted gains. Read more.

Photo: Chris Rossi / The Gazette.

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