Washington Restaurant Association Industry Tracking Survey Reveals Economic Impact on Job Outlook

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Contact: Camille St. Onge
Director of Communications
800.225.7166

OLYMPIA, Wash.—The Washington Restaurant Association released today the results of its monthly industry tracking survey for January. The figures confirm that restaurant operators in Washington continue to encounter significant economic challenges. Fifty-eight percent of restaurant operators decreased staff hours year over year in January, and 82 percent expect to remain at reduced levels or decrease positions further.

“We were hoping that momentum from the holiday season might continue through the winter months,” said Anthony Anton, WRA president and CEO.  “That optimism didn’t materialize in terms of sales in January and unfortunately that will likely have an impact on jobs.”

The WRITS also revealed that 63 percent of Washington restaurants surveyed noted their sales were lower this January, year over year. Meanwhile, 57 percent of restaurants nationally indicated lower year over year January sales.

For the past year, Washington’s numbers largely have lagged behind national figures; but these most recent WRITS results indicate Washington’s restaurant industry outlook has begun to align more closely with national averages. However Washington restaurant economics remain soft.

The WRITS is completed monthly by volunteer participants within the WRA’s 5,000-member base and its results serves as a barometer of industry conditions. The survey provides a snapshot of how restaurateurs are functioning and provide solid decision-making guidance for business- and policy-makers alike.

If you are a member of the media or a legislator and would like to receive a copy of this months WRITS results or learn more about the current state of the industry, please call Camille St. Onge, director of communications, at the contact information above. You can also particpate in the next Washington Restaurant Tracking Industry Survey, prepared by the National Restaurant Association.

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