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On tap: a look at statewide employment per brewery

September 26, 2017

As we near Oktoberfest, with its traditional Bavarian food, games, and beer, we look at employment per brewery to see which states are more likely to have larger breweries than smaller ones.

Employment per establishment in breweries, by state, first quarter 2017
State Employment per establishment March 2017 employment Establishments in first quarter 2017

Missouri

56.4 2,819 50

Wisconsin

41.9 2,596 62

Georgia

34.9 1,710 49

Pennsylvania

27.2 2,752 101

Ohio

26.1 2,693 103

New Hampshire

25.0 599 24

New York

24.9 3,116 125

Colorado

24.7 5,528 224

Texas

23.1 3,448 149

Michigan

23.0 2,715 118

Minnesota

22.8 1,710 75

California

22.8 8,977 394

Virginia

22.6 2,504 111

Massachusetts

21.6 1,492 69

Hawaii

20.7 124 6

North Carolina

19.1 2,947 154

Indiana

18.4 1,268 69

Oregon

17.9 2,149 120

Delaware

17.8 213 12

Florida

16.9 2,180 129

Alaska

16.2 341 21

New Mexico

16.1 549 34

Utah

16.1 242 15

Vermont

15.8 504 32

Arizona

14.5 421 29

New Jersey

14.4 619 43

Maine

14.4 547 38

Arkansas

14.1 226 16

Kentucky

14.1 268 19

Connecticut

12.6 441 35

Alabama

12.2 318 26

Louisiana

11.7 317 27

Montana

11.5 791 69

Wyoming

11.5 126 11

Maryland

11.0 516 47

Idaho

10.9 448 41

Illinois

10.9 1,462 134

Nebraska

10.4 146 14

Washington

10.3 2,105 204

Iowa

9.8 403 41

Tennessee

9.8 518 53

North Dakota

9.8 39 4

Kansas

9.2 129 14

South Carolina

8.2 402 49

Oklahoma

7.6 137 18

District of Columbia

7.0 91 13

West Virginia

6.9 62 9

Nevada

6.7 60 9

Mississippi

6.7 40 6

Rhode Island

6.5 85 13

South Dakota

5.0 30 6

States with higher employment per brewery are likely home to some larger breweries. With March 2017 employment of 2,819 in 50 breweries during the first quarter of 2017, Missouri averaged 56.4 employees per brewery, the highest among all states. Following Missouri were Wisconsin (41.9), Georgia (34.9), and Pennsylvania (27.2). Employment per brewery in New Hampshire was 25.0, with employment of 599 and 24 breweries.

States with low employment per brewery are where smaller, or microbreweries, are mostly found. With March 2017 employment of 30 in 6 breweries during the first quarter of 2017, South Dakota had the lowest employment per establishment among all states, with 5.0. Following South Dakota were Rhode Island (6.5), Mississippi and Nevada (6.7 each), West Virginia (6.9), and the District of Columbia (7.0). Employment per brewery in Washington was 10.3, with employment of 2,105 and 204 breweries.

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. For more location quotient and employment data, visit the QCEW data retrieval tool.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, On tap: a look at statewide employment per brewery on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/on-tap-a-look-at-statewide-employment-per-brewery.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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