Meat and Poultry Sectors Contribute Billions Annually

US - America’s meat and poultry industry, comprised of packers and processors, wholesalers and retailers, directly and indirectly contributes $832.4 billion dollars annually to the US economy, roughly 5.8 per cent of total GDP, according to a new Economic Impact Study unveiled today by AMI.
calendar icon 15 June 2009
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Chris Hurt Chris Hurt
Extension Economist
Purdue University

The analysis of direct, supplier and induced impact also illustrates the industry provides nearly 6.2 million jobs, generating almost $200 billion in wages and benefits.

"Companies and individuals in America that produce, process, distribute and sell meat and poultry products continue to be a vital part of the US economy," said J. Patrick Boyle, president and CEO of AMI. "During this uncertain economic climate when we are experiencing the highest unemployment rate in 25 years, every job is important. Our industry can be proud that we provide millions of quality jobs in every state and every sector of the US economy."

According to the study, the meat and poultry industry directly employs 1.8 million people, paying $45.5 billion in wages and benefits. An estimated 524,000 people have jobs in production and packing, importing operations, sales, packaging and direct distribution of meat and poultry products. Wholesaling directly employs an estimated 63,000 individuals in every state in the country, and 1,227,600 employees’ retail jobs depend on the sale of meat and poultry products to the public.

In addition to the direct economic impact, the study also captures the economic impact of suppliers to the industry and the total induced impact, or multiplier effect, on the economy of the spending by employees of the direct industry and supplier firms.

An important part of the analysis is the calculation of the contribution of the industry to the public finances of the community. Not only does the meat and poultry industry create jobs, it also generates sizeable tax revenues.

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