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Restaurant Staff Shortages Are Easing in Shift for US Labor Market

Big chains say it’s getting easier to find workers, with foodservice employment nearing pre-pandemic levels.

Across the country, employment at food and drinking places is approaching what it was in early 2020, Labor Department figures show.

Across the country, employment at food and drinking places is approaching what it was in early 2020, Labor Department figures show.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The staffing shortages that bedeviled US restaurants and fast-food chains throughout the pandemic are finally starting to abate.

National chains including Del Taco Restaurants Inc., Portillo’s Inc. and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. say it’s getting easier to find employees, with their staffing at or above pre-Covid levels. Across the country, employment at food and drinking places is quickly approaching what it was in early 2020, Labor Department figures show.