Restaurant operators are attending the NRA Show in Chicago this year with a growing concern: Labor costs.
Hourly earnings in the restaurant industry are up 3.9 percent this year, Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the research and knowledge group with the National Restaurant Association, said at the show on Saturday.
By comparison, private-sector wages are up 2.2 percent. Industry wages rose 3.3 percent last year, and 3.2 percent in 2014.
Some of this is due