The number of restaurants owned by women and people of color has increased significantly compared to the overall economy. From 2007 to 2012, the National Restaurant Association found women-owned restaurants increased 40 percent nationally compared to all businesses. In Arizona, women restaurant owners grew 71 percent, compared to 9 percent for all restaurants.
The Southwest drought continues, and its impact is being felt in Lake Mead. The Colorado River reservoir has shrunk to its lowest levels since the completion of Hoover Dam in 1936. The lake is only 37 percent full.
At first, the forecast sounds pretty good. Over the next decade, the National Restaurant Association says restaurant jobs in Arizona are expected to grow by 19 percent. Now, consider this: turnover in the hospitality sector topped 70 percent last year, the highest since the Great Recession.