A new economic survey released Tuesday shows that the beer industry generates more than $5 billion in economic activity, produces $1.6 billion in tax revenue and employs more than 55,000 people in New England alone.
Nationally, the U.S. beer industry generates more than $250 billion in economic activity, produces $48.5 billion in tax revenue and employs nearly 50,000 people, according to the economic impact study commissioned by the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association.
Massachusetts leads the way in brewing and beer importing jobs among New England states, with 25,934, followed by Connecticut at 8,645, Maine at 8,113, New Hampshire at 6,004, Vermont at 3,460 and Rhode Island at 3,378.
The beer industry in Massachusetts generates more than $2.5 billion in economic output, followed by New Hampshire at $818 million, Connecticut at $725 million, Maine at $643 million, Vermont at $393 million and Rhode Island at $225 million.
When it comes to taxes generated by the beer industry, Massachusetts again leads the way at $766 million, followed by Connecticut at $238 million, New Hampshire at $234 million, Maine at $212 million, Vermont at $96 million and Rhode Island at $74 million.
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