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Arkansas

RESTAURANT INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE

Restaurants are a driving force in Arkansas’s economy. They provide jobs and build careers for thousands of people, and play a vital role in local communities throughout the state.

4,954

Eating and drinking place locations in Arkansas in 2015

$4.3 billion

Projected sales in Arkansas's restaurants in 2016

119,300

Restaurant and foodservice jobs in Arkansas in 2016 = 11% of employment in the state. And by 2026, that number is projected to grow by 11.3% = 13,500 additional jobs, for a total of 132,800 jobs by 2026.

Arkansas's Restaurants

JOBS AND ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN EVERY COMMUNITY

U.S. Senators

Establishments in the state
Employees in the state*
John Boozman (R)
Tom Cotton (R)
4,954
90,000

U.S. Representatives

Establishments in the state
Employees in the state*
Rick Crawford (R)
J. French Hill (R)
Steve Womack (R)
Bruce Westerman (R)
TOTAL
1,070
1,388
1,323
1,173
4,954
19,435
25,224
24,034
21,308
90,000

*Arkansas's 90,000 eating-and-drinking-place jobs represent the majority of the state’s total restaurant and foodservice workforce of 119,300 jobs, with the remainder being non-restaurant foodservice positions.

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Source: National Restaurant Association, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics & U.S. Census Bureau, 2015