National Restaurant Association Responds to the State of the Union Address

National Restaurant Association Responds to the State of the Union AddressDawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, today issued the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address:

“On behalf of the restaurant industry, the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, we appreciate the President’s focus on job creation in his speech tonight. Despite a challenging environment during the past several years, the restaurant industry has remained a resilient engine of growth for the U.S. economy.

“America’s restaurants provide nearly thirteen million jobs and contribute $1.5 trillion to our nation’s economy,” said Sweeney. “Over the next 10 years, restaurants are estimated to add at least an additional 1.7 million jobs. To maintain this growth, it is vital to our industry that lawmakers support policies that encourage job creation. A healthy, robust restaurant industry is a critical component of a strong American economy. In fact, every $1 million in restaurant sales creates an additional 34 jobs in the economy.”

“We look forward to working with the Administration and the members of the 112th Congress to help pass business-friendly policies, such as tax reform and changes to the health care law.”

The National Restaurant Association recently announced the launch of a campaign called “America Works Here” that will help educate opinion leaders, policymakers, and their staff members about the breadth, depth, scope and influence of the restaurant industry on the American economy. For more information, visit

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of nearly 13 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit our Web site at