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Trendinista: Restaurant staffing reflects shifting demographics

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The image of the burger-flipping teenager is fading as more high schoolers shun the workplace. In their place, operators looking to fill vacancies have turned to the other end of the spectrum: much older adults and retirees.

Numbers from the National Restaurant Association tell the tale.

Back in the 1970s, about 58 percent of all 16- to 19-year-olds had jobs. That percentage stayed above 50 percent until 2001, then started trailing off. The Great Recession really took

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