The Ohio beer industry contributed $10 billion to the state and U.S. economies last year, according to a new economic impact study released Thursday by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
The biennial report, called Beer Serves America, estimates that beer contributed $3.98 billion directly in Ohio through brewing, distributing and retail businesses — and another $6 billion indirectly.
Ohio brewers employed 1,780 workers, and 4,540 worked in the beer distributing industry, the study says. Another 37,820 worked in retail jobs relying on beer.
Nationwide, the study shows that the beer industry generated more than 2 million jobs, accounting for nearly $79 billion in wages and benefits and more than $246.6 billion in economic activity. The industry also accounted for $49.1 billion in business, personal and consumption taxes last year.
"Beer serves America at virtually every level of the economy, from the 2 million employees, to the small businesses in middle class communities, and the important tax revenues at the local, state and national levels," Beer Institute Chairman and MillerCoors Chief Executive Officer Tom Long said in a prepared statement. "From farmers to factory workers, from brewery hands to bartenders, beer puts Americans to work."
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