Spotlight on Statistics

November 2010

BLS Spotlight on Statistics: Food

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November and December: A time to eat, drink, and be merry

Percent of the population engaging in selected activities and the time they spent doing them on an average day, November–December 2009
Activity Average hours for participants Percent of the population

Eating and drinking

1.1 97

Eating and drinking at home

0.9 83

Food preparation and clean up

1.1 57

Eating and drinking at a restaurant/bar

1.1 17

Grocery shopping

0.8 13

Eating and drinking at someone else's home

0.9 7

Source: American Time Use Survey | Chart

Annual food expenditures as a function of household income

Average annual food expenditures by quintiles of income before taxes, 2009
Item Quintile of income
Lowest 20 percent Second 20 percent Third 20 percent Fourth 20 percent Highest 20 percent

Food away from home

$1,038 $1,569 $2,127 $3,206 $5,151

Food at home

$2,463 $2,999 $3,355 $4,316 $5,629

Total

$3,501 $4,568 $5,482 $7,522 $10,780

Source: Consumer Expenditure Survey | Chart

Where are we going for dinner?

Average weekly expenditures as a function of household income, meals away from home, 2009
Quintile of income Meals away from home Breakfast and brunch Lunch Dinner Snacks and nonalcoholic beverages

Lowest 20 percent

$17.71 $2.02 $6.16 $7.90 $1.63

Second 20 percent

$27.07 $3.53 $9.04 $12.19 $2.31

Third 20 percent

$35.66 $4.10 $11.77 $16.79 $3.00

Fourth 20 percent

$52.48 $5.24 $17.97 $25.38 $3.89

Highest 20 percent

$77.50 $6.98 $25.55 $39.65 $5.31

Source: Consumer Expenditure Survey | Chart

Cooking at home versus dining out

12-month percent change in the cost of food at home and food away from home, January 2005–October 2010
Date Food at home Food away from home

Jan 2005

2.6 3.2

Feb 2005

2.2 3.2

Mar 2005

2.2 3.2

Apr 2005

3.1 3.2

May 2005

1.9 3.2

Jun 2005

1.4 3.3

Jul 2005

1.5 3.1

Aug 2005

1.5 3.1

Sep 2005

2.0 3.0

Oct 2005

1.5 3.1

Nov 2005

1.5 3.2

Dec 2005

1.8 3.2

Jan 2006

2.3 3.0

Feb 2006

2.4 3.0

Mar 2006

2.2 3.1

Apr 2006

0.9 3.1

May 2006

0.8 3.2

Jun 2006

1.5 3.1

Jul 2006

1.5 3.2

Aug 2006

1.9 3.1

Sep 2006

2.2 3.0

Oct 2006

2.2 3.0

Nov 2006

1.7 3.1

Dec 2006

1.4 3.2

Jan 2007

1.7 3.3

Feb 2007

2.9 3.4

Mar 2007

3.4 3.3

Apr 2007

4.0 3.4

May 2007

4.5 3.3

Jun 2007

4.6 3.4

Jul 2007

4.6 3.6

Aug 2007

4.6 3.8

Sep 2007

4.6 4.1

Oct 2007

4.7 4.1

Nov 2007

5.4 4.1

Dec 2007

5.6 4.0

Jan 2008

5.7 3.9

Feb 2008

5.1 3.9

Mar 2008

4.7 4.1

Apr 2008

5.9 4.1

May 2008

5.8 4.3

Jun 2008

6.1 4.4

Jul 2008

7.1 4.6

Aug 2008

7.5 4.5

Sep 2008

7.6 4.5

Oct 2008

7.5 4.8

Nov 2008

7.0 4.9

Dec 2008

6.6 5.0

Jan 2009

5.7 4.9

Feb 2009

4.8 4.8

Mar 2009

4.3 4.6

Apr 2009

2.3 4.6

May 2009

1.5 4.2

Jun 2009

0.8 3.8

Jul 2009

-0.9 3.2

Aug 2009

-1.7 3.0

Sep 2009

-2.5 2.6

Oct 2009

-2.8 2.2

Nov 2009

-2.9 2.1

Dec 2009

-2.4 1.9

Jan 2010

-2.0 1.6

Feb 2010

-1.5 1.4

Mar 2010

-0.7 1.2

Apr 2010

0.0 1.1

May 2010

0.3 1.1

Jun 2010

0.2 1.2

Jul 2010

0.7 1.1

Aug 2010

0.8 1.2

Sep 2010

1.4 1.4

Oct 2010

1.4 1.4

Source: Consumer Price Index | Chart

What you pay at the grocery store

U.S. city average price for select food items, October 2010
Item Price

Meats

Steak, uncooked, per lb.

$5.63

Ham, boneless, per lb.

$3.59

Chicken breast, boneless, per lb.

$3.39

Turkey, frozen, whole, per lb.

$1.68

Vegetables and fruits

Tomatoes, field grown, per lb.

$1.50

Broccoli, per lb.

$1.50

Apples, Red Delicious, per lb.

$1.18

Bananas, per lb.

$0.58

Dairy

Milk, whole, per gallon

$3.32

Eggs, grade A, large, per dozen

$1.46

Other

Potato chips, per lb.

$4.77

Cookies, chocolate chip, per lb.

$3.23

Peanut butter, per lb.

$1.95

Bread, white, per lb.

$1.41

Source: Consumer Price Index | Chart

Where food is manufactured

Food manufacturing establishments by metropolitan area, 2009 annual averages
Metropolitan area Number of establishments

Abilene, TX

18

Akron, OH

42

Albany, GA

10

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

69

Albuquerque, NM

58

Alexandria, LA

11

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

62

Altoona, PA

17

Amarillo, TX

27

Ames, IA

10

Anchorage, AK

33

Anderson, IN

7

Anderson, SC

5

Ann Arbor, MI

21

Anniston-Oxford, AL

4

Appleton, WI

48

Asheville, NC

31

Athens-Clarke County, GA

8

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

274

Atlantic City, NJ

15

Auburn-Opelika, AL

3

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

20

Austin-Round Rock, TX

105

Bakersfield, CA

35

Baltimore-Towson, MD

171

Bangor, ME

11

Barnstable Town, MA

29

Baton Rouge, LA

44

Battle Creek, MI

18

Bay City, MI

12

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

20

Bellingham, WA

42

Bend, OR

22

Billings, MT

26

Binghamton, NY

15

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

47

Bismarck, ND

10

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

5

Bloomington, IN

12

Bloomington-Normal, IL

15

Boise City-Nampa, ID

79

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

501

Boulder, CO

50

Bowling Green, KY

11

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

16

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

78

Bristol, VA

45

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

14

Brunswick, GA

114

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

11

Burlington, NC

39

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

46

Canton-Massillon, OH

27

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

6

Carson City, NV

7

Casper, WY

37

Cedar Rapids, IA

20

Champaign-Urbana, IL

11

Charleston, WV

33

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

99

Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC

12

Charlottesville, VA

32

Chattanooga, TN-GA

6

Cheyenne, WY

1059

Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI

20

Chico, CA

169

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

10

Clarksville, TN-KY

8

Cleveland, TN

176

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

12

Coeur d'Alene, ID

11

College Station-Bryan, TX

33

Colorado Springs, CO

12

Columbia, MO

30

Columbia, SC

13

Columbus, GA-AL

6

Columbus, IN

134

Columbus, OH

26

Corpus Christi, TX

11

Corvallis, OR

7

Cumberland, MD-WV

393

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

5

Dalton, GA

9

Danville, IL

2

Danville, VA

40

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

54

Dayton, OH

16

Decatur, AL

15

Decatur, IL

17

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

222

Denver-Aurora, CO

64

Des Moines, IA

279

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

17

Dothan, AL

8

Dover, DE

12

Dubuque, IA

23

Duluth, MN-WI

28

Durham, NC

22

Eau Claire, WI

10

El Centro, CA

0

Elizabethtown, KY

24

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

1

Elmira, NY

71

El Paso, TX

25

Erie, PA

55

Eugene-Springfield, OR

30

Evansville, IN-KY

4

Fairbanks, AK

9

Fajardo, PR

35

Fargo, ND-MN

8

Farmington, NM

15

Fayetteville, NC

68

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

10

Flagstaff, AZ

16

Flint, MI

14

Florence, AL

8

Florence, SC

23

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

33

Fond du Lac, WI

42

Fort Collins-Loveland, CO

4

Fort Smith, AR-OK

32

Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL

137

Fort Wayne, IN

8

Fresno, CA

10

Gadsden, AL

31

Gainesville, FL

9

Gainesville, GA

16

Glens Falls, NY

16

Goldsboro, NC

12

Grand Forks, ND-MN

75

Grand Junction, CO

13

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

34

Great Falls, MT

72

Greeley, CO

41

Green Bay, WI

5

Greensboro-High Point, NC

34

Greenville, NC

7

Greenville, SC

19

Gulfport-Biloxi, MS

26

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

55

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

27

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

91

Harrisonburg, VA

9

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

20

Hattiesburg, MS

1

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

24

Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA

196

Holland-Grand Haven, MI

5

Honolulu, HI

32

Hot Springs, AR

312

Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA

11

Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, TX

6

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

23

Huntsville, AL

70

Idaho Falls, ID

21

Indianapolis, IN

9

Iowa City, IA

16

Ithaca, NY

31

Jackson, MI

7

Jackson, MS

63

Jackson, TN

6

Jacksonville, FL

14

Jacksonville, NC

13

Janesville, WI

6

Jefferson City, MO

17

Johnson City, TN

16

Johnstown, PA

37

Jonesboro, AR

34

Joplin, MO

11

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

169

Kankakee-Bradley, IL

48

Kansas City, MO-KS

14

Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA

13

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX

25

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

35

Kingston, NY

7

Knoxville, TN

21

Kokomo, IN

15

La Crosse, WI-MN

44

Lafayette, IN

13

Lafayette, LA

41

Lake Charles, LA

108

Lakeland, FL

23

Lancaster, PA

14

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

21

Laredo, TX

115

Las Cruces, NM

6

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

12

Lawrence, KS

27

Lawton, OK

5

Lebanon, PA

13

Lewiston, ID-WA

24

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

11

Lexington-Fayette, KY

27

Lima, OH

35

Lincoln, NE

31

Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR

14

Logan, UT-ID

6

Longview, TX

1281

Longview, WA

99

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

25

Louisville, KY-IN

23

Lubbock, TX

11

Lynchburg, VA

12

Macon, GA

86

Madera, CA

26

Madison, WI

10

Manchester-Nashua, NH

25

Mansfield, OH

56

McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX

57

Medford, OR

59

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

492

Merced, CA

11

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL

5

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

177

Midland, TX

325

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

14

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

49

Missoula, MT

121

Mobile, AL

14

Modesto, CA

4

Monroe, LA

21

Monroe, MI

8

Montgomery, AL

11

Morgantown, WV

24

Morristown, TN

8

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

13

Muncie, IN

11

Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI

21

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC

13

Napa, CA

89

Naples-Marco Island, FL

78

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN

121

New Haven-Milford, CT

2045

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

12

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island,NY-NJ-PA

13

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

13

Norwich-New London, CT

29

Ocala, FL

10

Ocean City, NJ

43

Odessa, TX

115

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

18

Oklahoma City, OK

96

Olympia, WA

118

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

9

Orlando, FL

15

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

52

Owensboro, KY

17

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

4

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

14

Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL

6

Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH

18

Pascagoula, MS

38

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

519

Peoria, IL

148

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

9

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

155

Pine Bluff, AR

13

Pittsburgh, PA

9

Pittsfield, MA

45

Pocatello, ID

83

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME

19

Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA

48

Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL

8

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY

249

Prescott, AZ

45

Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA

9

Provo-Orem, UT

5

Pueblo, CO

21

Punta Gorda, FL

50

Racine, WI

12

Raleigh-Cary, NC

43

Rapid City, SD

8

Reading, PA

40

Redding, CA

51

Reno-Sparks, NV

208

Richmond, VA

11

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

25

Roanoke, VA

96

Rochester, MN

23

Rochester, NY

14

Rockford, IL

7

Rocky Mount, NC

101

Rome, GA

18

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA

49

Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI

6

St. Cloud, MN

19

St. George, UT

225

St. Joseph, MO-KS

56

St. Louis, MO-IL

52

Salem, OR

17

Salinas, CA

140

Salisbury, MD

21

Salt Lake City, UT

163

San Angelo, TX

172

San Antonio, TX

10

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

442

Sandusky, OH

30

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

136

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

34

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA

30

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA

10

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

71

Santa Fe, NM

25

Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA

19

Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL

74

Savannah, GA

404

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA

26

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

15

Sheboygan, WI

19

Sherman-Denison, TX

39

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

18

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

22

Sioux Falls, SD

12

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

48

Spartanburg, SC

18

Spokane, WA

68

Springfield, IL

44

Springfield, MA

11

Springfield, MO

8

Springfield, OH

75

State College, PA

5

Stockton, CA

53

Sumter, SC

7

Syracuse, NY

129

Tallahassee, FL

16

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

6

Terre Haute, IN

57

Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR

19

Toledo, OH

37

Topeka, KS

30

Trenton-Ewing, NJ

87

Tucson, AZ

11

Tulsa, OK

15

Tuscaloosa, AL

38

Tyler, TX

15

Utica-Rome, NY

31

Valdosta, GA

6

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

13

Vero Beach, FL

41

Victoria, TX

70

Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ

65

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

21

Visalia-Porterville, CA

5

Waco, TX

214

Warner Robins, GA

20

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

23

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

6

Wausau, WI

15

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

12

Wenatchee, WA

40

Wheeling, WV-OH

5

Wichita, KS

13

Wichita Falls, TX

21

Williamsport, PA

17

Wilmington, NC

31

Winchester, VA-WV

51

Winston-Salem, NC

38

Worcester, MA

24

Yakima, WA

47

York-Hanover, PA

18

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

9

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages | Chart

Employment and earnings of food-related occupations

Employment and earnings of food-related occupations, 2009
Occupation Employment Mean annual wages

Waiters and waitresses

2,302,070 $20,380

Food preparation workers

849,400 $20,420

Slaughterers and meat packers

97,530 $23,740

Bakers

140,510 $25,350

Food batchmakers

100,190 $26,730

Butchers and Meat Cutters

125,510 $30,270

Chefs and head cooks

94,300 $44,240

Food service managers

190,250 $51,400

Source: Occupational Employment Statistics | Chart

Employment projections for food-related occupations

Percent change in projected employment, select food-related occupations, 2008–2018
Occupation Percent change

Total, all occupations

10.1

Food batchmakers

8.7

Waiters and waitresses

6.4

Food service managers

5.3

Food preparation workers

4.2

Slaughterers and meat packers

4.2

Butchers and meat cutters

1.5

Bakers

0.2

Chefs and head cooks

0.2

Source: Employment Projections Program | Chart

Injuries and illnesses in food-related industries

Workplace injuries and illnesses in food manufacturing and food service and drinking places, private industry, 2003–2009
Industry 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Food manufacturing (thousands)

Injuries

106.6 101.2 96.0 93.3 87.5 81.0 72.8

Illnesses

22.5 21.1 18.1 16.5 14.7 12.2 11.0

Food service and drinking places (thousands)

Injuries

247.3 237.4 236.0 239.5 245.5 222.3 201.9

Illnesses

5.6 6.5 5.3 6.2 5.9 5.3 4.9

Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities | Chart

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