Fast Food Restaurants Closing In California - Tracker
fast food restaurants closing in california

Number Of Fast Food Restaurants Closing In California - Tracker

Updated July 10th, 2024

California increased minimum wage for over 700,000 fast food workers on April 1st, 2024 from $16 per hour to $20 per hour. While many fast food restaurants in large cities throughout California already paid more than $16 per hour to its workers, thousands of fast food restaurants had to remain profitable despite increasing labour costs.

To better illustrate the impact of the minimum wage increase for fast food workers on fast food restaurants in California, we created this tracker which uses Google Maps data to show how many fast food restaurants are closing each month and other relevant data on fast food restaurants in California. This tracker is updated monthly with new data.

897 New Closures Since April 1st, 2024

There are currently 897 new fast food restaurants that permanently closed since April 1st, 2024. This number represents total number of fast food restaurants that have permanently closed label (1212) currently on Google Maps minus total number of fast food restaurants that had permanently closed label (315) on Google Maps prior to April 1st, 2024. 897 new fast food restaurants closed in California from the date that the minimum wage law for fast food workers came into effect.

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+285% In New Restaurant Closures

When taking into account 315 permanently closed fast food restaurants in California prior to minimum wage increase for fast food workers on April 1st of this year and the current 1212 fast food restaurants that are permanently closed as of June’s data, there is a 285% increase in new fast food restaurant closures in California post minimum wage increase.

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18.5% Increase In Closures In June, 2024

In June, 2024 there were 189 new fast food restaurants that closed permanently according to Google Maps data. This number represents a 18.5% increase compared to a total of 1,023 fast food restaurants that were closed permanently in May, 2024. April had the largest month to month change in number of closed fast food restaurants so far this year with 730 which was a 132% increase compared to March’s 315.

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+1% In Number Of Fast Food Jobs

According to gov.ca.gov, there has been a 1% increase in total number of fast food jobs in California. A total number of fast food jobs increased by 10,600 since California minimum wage increase came into effect on April 1st, 2024 based on quoted data from US Bureau Of Labor Statistics.

These aggregate job numbers include all job types (full time, part time, seasonal, etc.).

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+26% In 'Expensive' Customer Feedback

In June, 2024 there were a total of 1,942 Google reviews for fast food restaurants in California that had the keyword ‘expensive’ in them which represents a 26% increase compared to March, 2024 when total number of fast food restaurants with ‘expensive’ review was 1,536.

15,485 Fast-Food Restaurants Total

There is a total of 15,485 fast food restaurants in California.

499 Fast Food Restaurants In LA

LA has the most fast food restaurants among all US cities with 499 while San Diego is not far behind with 487.

Conclusion

Despite closure of a large number of fast food restaurants in California since the minimum wage law came into effect on April 1st, 2024, there has actually been an increase in total number of fast food jobs as well as an increase in number of consumers leaving reviews that describe fast food restaurants as expensive.

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