New Study Shows Oklahoma Beer Industry Contributes $1.3 billion
A new economic impact study shows that America’s beer industry, made up of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers, directly and indirectly contributes $1.3 billion annually to Oklahoma’s economy. The study, commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, also shows that the industry’s economic impact in Oklahoma includes 18,339 jobs — paying $460 million in wages — as well as $116 million in federal, state and local taxes. According to the study, the beer industry directly employs 10,936 people in Oklahoma, paying them $239 million in wages. The 35 beer distributors in Oklahoma employ 1,097 people. Large and small brewers and beer importers employ about 139 people. Beer sales help support roughly 9,701 jobs at licensed retailers, which include supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, bars, stadiums and other outlets. The complete study, including state-by-state and congressional district breakdowns of economic contributions, is available at http://www.beerservesamerica.org/.