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Profile America. Tuesday, May 21st. Today is the day to add a smile to the tip you leave at your favorite restaurant — it’s National Waitstaff Day. The occasion is one for us to show appreciation to the many dedicated servers who make dining out a pleasurable and recurring experience.

“From small diners and bars, up to top-rated five-star restaurants, there are more than 553,000 eating and drinking places nationwide. Every year, Americans spend some $450 billion in these establishments.

“Serving us cheerfully and efficiently are some 2.25 million waitstaff, 7 out of 10 of whom are women. They deal daily with separate checks, reciting the establishment’s specials and making sure orders are accurate.

“You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at <www.census.gov>.”

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Key Stats:

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.

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Note: We have modified Table B24010 shown above to focus on food occupations and highlight the rows for male and female waiters and waitresses. Click on the image to see the full table with all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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More Stats:

Source: Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services: 1992 to 2019, Sales — Monthly, U.S. Total.

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Source: 2016 County Business Patterns.

Table CB1600A11: Geography Area Series: County Business Patterns by Employment Size Class

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Source: 2012 Economic Census of the United States. Data from the 2017 Economic Census will be released 2019-2021.

Table EC1272A1, Accommodation and Food Services: Geographic Area Series: Summary Statistics for the U.S., States, Metro Areas, Counties, and Places: 2012

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