As restaurants struggle to fill 1.2M slots, 706K workers walk off the job in a single month

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By , NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

The far-reaching effects of the coronavirus pandemic are causing yet another shortage in the United States. This time, it involves restaurant employees.

Data shows that approximately five percent of the restaurant industry's workforce walked away from their jobs each month this year, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It reached a record level in May, when 706,000 employees called it quits. The mass exodus has resulted in 1.2 million open positions at restaurants across the nation -- just as more Americans are starting to dine out again.