The fast food industry represents a significant segment of New York City’s food workforce and fills the stomachs of many New Yorkers with highly processed food. Here we provide some local and national statistics on fast food establishments and their workers.
Top 10 Food Chains in New York City, 2014 and 2010
|Source: Center for an Urban Future, State of the Chains, 2014|
|Outlet||Number in 2014||Number in 2010|
|Au Bon Pain||43||34|
|Total Increase 2010-2014 8.2%||2,343||2,165|
Fast Food Establishments Per Capita in 3 Cities
|Metropolitan Area||Fast Food Outlets per 10,000 population||Ratio fast food outlets to full service restaurants|
|Tampa/St. Pete’s/ Clearwater||7.21||1.05|
Fast Food Workers
Source: Fiscal Policy Institute. The Taxpayer Costs of Low-Wage Fast Food Jobs in New York State, 2013
Sources and for more information:
Allegretto SA et al. Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2013.
Finnegan W. Dignity Fast-food workers and a new form of labor activism. The New Yorker September 15, 2014.
Ruetschlin C. How CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity Undermines the Industry and the Overall Economy. Demos, 2014.