The beer industry has a $1.2 billion economic impact on Idaho, according to a report from the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association.
The industry’s direct economic impact of $459 million comes mostly from beer retail and wholesale, including more than 4,600 jobs in those areas, the report said.
Beer brewing supports 278 jobs in Idaho, totaling about $10 million in wages, the report said.
The rest of the economic impact from beer in Idaho comes from other jobs, wages and taxes related to beer brewing, wholesale and retail.
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The report is based on a study by economics firm John Dunham & Associates, using data collected from private companies as well as from Dun & Bradstreet, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The study found the U.S. beer industry had a national economic impact of $253 billion.