State of the Restaurant Workers (rbased on research of over 1,000 restaurant workers across the U.S.)
In 2020, ROC United surveyed over 1,000 restaurant workers across the U.S.
The State of the Restaurant Workers (SORW) is a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. restaurant workforce, tracking wages, demographics, poverty, public assistance, and unemployment. It synthesizes public data, including the American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, and the MIT Living Wage Calculator, to help us understand the state of workers in one of the fastest-growing industries. The SORW report is presented through national, regional, state-by-state, and select metropolitan fact sheets.
As the lives and work of millions of restaurant workers transformed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with their safety in the workplace taking center stage, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United surveyed the status of over 1,000 restaurant workers across the country. The survey focused on restaurant workers’ access to hazard pay and health benefits. We asked restaurant workers about their employment status, whether they received government aid, and tracked how their jobs changed in the midst of the crisis, looking at the financial impacts of the pandemic on the state of restaurant workers across the U.S.
Join ROC United, workers, and partners as we reveal the 2020 State of the Restaurant Workers report.