Poultry industry provides 1.8 million jobs in US
by Kimberlie Clyma
WASHINGTON – The US poultry industry is doing its part to support the national economy. A recent economic impact study highlighting the poultry industry shows it added 477,000 new direct jobs between 2012 and 2014; jobs increased from 1,337,020 to 1,814,200.
The US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the National Chicken Council (NCC), the National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have released the latest study highlighting the increased positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages, and federal and state revenue in the United States.
The study shows the amount of wages have increased from $63 billion to $100.2 billion; total economic activity from $265.5 billion to $469.6 billion; and government revenue from $23.4 billion to $32.9 billion.
“As we kick-off the 114th Congress, it is important to highlight, as this study captures, the fact that chicken producers’ positive economic impact stretches from coast to coast and hits every sector of the US economy," said NCC President Mike Brown. “We know that chicken is nutritious, affordable and versatile, but chicken also means jobs – whether it’s on the farm, in the processing plant, the transportation sector, manufacturing, retail or restaurants.”
The study breaks down poultry into three subcategories: chicken, turkey and eggs. Key economic data from each are as follows:
• The chicken industry provides 1,339,900 jobs, $74 billion in wages, $348.7 billion in economic activity and $24.4 billion in government revenue.
• The turkey industry provides 308,400 jobs, $16.9 billion in wages, $80.1 billion in economic activity and $5.6 billion in government revenue.
• The egg industry provides 128,000 jobs, $7.2 billion in wages, $30.7 billion in economic activity and $2.2 billion in government revenue.
The data is hosted on interactive websites that can be viewed collectively or by individual product, and then sorted nationally by state, congressional district, state house district or state senate district. For more information about the US poultry industry’s economic impact, go to: