You know about the ever-increasing inflation rate of 9.1% for June 2022 over one year ago (highest since November 1981), so we won’t dwell on that. And against that backdrop, new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released this week indicates that of the 372,000 jobs added in June, the restaurant and bars accounted for just under 41,000 while leisure and hospitality brought back 67,000. At the same time, the unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged at 3.5%. The 41,000 food service jobs added brings the industry a bit closer to pre-pandemic levels, but the industry is still some 730,000 positions short of February 2020. And finally, new polling from the Gallup organization shows that Americans are less confident in major U.S. institutions compared to a year ago. The presidency fell the furthest with a 15-point drop, followed by the U.S. Supreme Court at 11 points down. Small businesses and the military are held in the highest esteem with 68 and 64 percent respectively having a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the groups. Conversely, only 28 percent have high confidence in labor unions. Congress still loiters in the basement with an anemic 7 percent of Americans favorable about the institution.