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The Fast Food Industry by the Numbers

Karen Okamoto Dec 17

Current worth of the fast food industry:  $200 billion

Percentage that McDonald’s profits increased over the last four years:  130 percent

McDonald’s reported profits in 2011:  $5.5 billion

Number of fast food workers in New York City:  50,000

Number of fast food workers that participated in strike:  200

Median annual wages for fast food workers in New York City:  $18,500

Amount of money donated to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential
campaign by the food and beverage industry:  $1,867,995

Amount of money donated to President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign
by the food and beverage industry:  $880,618

Number of McDonald’s franchises in the United States: 14,098

Number of Burger King franchises in the United States: 12,300

SOURCES: dailykos.com, yahoo.com, ibtimes.com, marketwatch.com, aboutmcdonalds.com, investor.bk.com, opensecrets.org, motherjones.com, nytimes.com,  .