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Working Lunch: Bureau of Labor reveals unexpected gig economy stats

Data shows results contrary to what economists predicted

On this week’s episode, Align Public Strategies digs into surprising statistics on the gig economy. The release of data from the Bureau of Labor reveals the number of people working in “alternative” work like gig-related jobs is shrinking rather than rising, as highly respected economists have been saying. How should business operators plan for the future workforce in light of such numbers, and is there a bigger trend to consider?

Also, McDonald’s is ramping up its use of kiosks in stores by the thousands — not something the Fight for $15 movement intended during a push for higher wages. Plus, the Align team interviews the director of government affairs for the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association and discusses models for scheduling and CEO surtax issues. 

Align Public Strategies is a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and non-profit organizations navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation's Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality.

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