11/02/2011 05:29 pm ET Updated Jan 02, 2012

Restaurant Industry Suffers Because Of Teen Unemployment

Once some of the biggest customers of restaurant chains like Chevy's and Friendly's, many teens are now avoiding dining out -- and the restaurant industry is beginning to suffer as a result. With youth unemployment at an all-time high of over 12 percent and high school students facing more competition from adults for jobs seen as typically "teen," restaurants are losing some of their most loyal customers, as The Washington Post reported yesterday (see above video).

Does this surprise you? Do you and your friends still go out to eat at sit-down restaurants, or do you usually stick to fast food when you go out? Sound off in the comments!