Louisiana’s Newest Big Industry: Beer

In New Orleans, it comes as no surprise that people really like beer. After all, the city is home to a row of local breweries on Tchoupitoulas St. According to a study published by Business Report, that love of beer spreads across Louisiana, and perhaps with good reason.

The report was commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and Beer Institute, and it found that the beer industry contributes $4.3 billion to Louisiana’s economy each year, supporting more than 32,000 jobs.

Those jobs account for around $1.3 billion each year in compensation – an average of around $40,625 per employee. In addition, the beer industry also helps to support around 14,800 retail jobs, 3,000 distribution jobs, and 220 jobs in brewing. According to the study, each of those jobs in the brewing industry also generates the equivalent of 31 additional full-time jobs in wholesaling, retailing, manufacturing, and farming.

That’s great news for Louisiana’s economy, and for beer lovers across the state. So go ahead – head out to tour one of the city’s local breweries.

You can read the full report here.

Jenn Bentley is a freelance writer and editor whose work has been featured in publications such as Yahoo News, Examiner.com, The High Tech Society, FansShare, and others. You can follow her on Twitter at @JennBentley_

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