US businesses added only 194,000 jobs in September – the lowest of any month in 2021 – and following only 366,000 jobs being added in August (revised up from an initial reported figure of 235,000). Both figures were well below expectations. A number of analysts pointed towards concerns over the Delta Covid variant being a factor – although the number of cases has been declining through the back end of September, so there is hope for the October reports.
A survey released last month by the National Restaurant Association found 78 per cent of restaurant operators said they have experienced a decline in customer demand in the last few weeks prior to the survey and that 71 per cent of restaurants said they were understaffed. Ninety-five per cent of restaurants that answered the survey said they had experienced supply issues of some kind in the last three months.
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