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Bartenders pour beer for thirsty runners following a race at the New Helvetia Brewing Company in Sacramento on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Study: California’s beer industry tops the nation with 242,000 jobs

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:29 am

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.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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