Projected Franchise Growth for 2014

Franchise Businesses Projected to Grow Faster Than the Rest of the Economy In 2014

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 –Franchise businesses are expected to grow faster and create more jobs than the rest of the economy again in 2014, according to research released today by the International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation. Developed by IHS Global Insight, The Franchise Business Economic Outlook: 2014 reveals that growth in franchise establishments, output and contributions to U.S. gross domestic product will exceed that of 2013. “Throughout the recession and tepid, uneven economic recovery, the strength and entrepreneurship of the franchise sector has been a consistent job creator for the U.S. economy,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira.”

Key findings from the business outlook released today include:

  • Franchises are expected to add nearly 200,000 new jobs in 2014. The pace of unemployment gains is expected to remain steady compared to 2013, but will continue to outpace total private sector employment growth by 0.3 percent.
  • The number of franchise businesses in 2014 is expected to rise by 12,915 in 2014, bringing total establishments to 770,368. The 2014 establishment growth rate is expected to rise to 1.7 percent from 1.4 percent in 2013.  This will continue to be in-line with the growth of overall business formation across the economy.
  • Within the franchising sector, business services, commercial and residential services, and quick service restaurants are expected to be drivers of job creation of 2014.  With the fastest growth rate, business services is expected to add 35,109 franchise jobs in 2014, while quick service restaurants, the largest sector in franchising, is expected to create 75,596 new jobs.

“Reduced fiscal drag, improved consumer spending, continued gains in housing market activity and stronger export growth are driving slightly higher growth forecasts in 2014,” said IHS Global Insight Senior Economist Jim Gillula.


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