California’s beer industry provides a nation-leading 242,000 jobs, according to a new study released by the Beer Institute, the Washington, D.C.-based national trade association.
The study took into account all aspects of the industry, including farmers, factory workers, truck drivers, distributors, retailers and taverns.
In a statement accompanying Wednesday’s announcement, Beer Institute President and CEO Jim McGreevy said: “Today we toast to the thousands of California residents whose jobs make it possible for Americans to enjoy their favorite beer. America’s preference for beer is a huge boon to the national and California economies.”
The study said the California beer industry annually pays $11 billion in wages; contributes more than $6 billion in federal, state and local taxes; and has a total economic impact or more than $34 billion.
Nationally, the study said the industry employs more than 2 million, contributes $246.6 billion to the U.S. economy and annually generates $49 billion in local, state and federal taxes.
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