According to a new study from the Beer Institute, America's favorite alcoholic drink may help put many thousands of people to work. The group's report revealed that more than 2 million U.S. jobs are supported by beer brewing.
Each brewery job has an economic effect stretching to many other industries. For example, breweries must purchase raw materials and equipment, which supports agriculture and manufacturing. Marketing, transporting and selling the beer they produce also creates jobs in different sectors. An estimated 45 positions are made available by each job directly with a brewery. Total wages and benefits supported by the beer industry are said to be around $79 billion annually. The industry's economic impact was more than $246 billion.
California saw the biggest brewing benefits. According to the Beer Institute, the industry supports 241,680 jobs in the state. Breweries paid more than $11 billion in wages in California and contributed more than $34 billion to the nation's economy. Breweries in Florida, Texas and New York each supported more than 100,000 positions, the report stated.
According to the Brewers Association, sales of domestic craft beers have overtaken imports in terms of growth. Although craft beers make up only 7.8 percent of the market – just over half of imports' share – sales grew 17.2 percent in 2013, while import sales dropped 0.6 percent.