Oregon’s $2.2 billion beer economy

Bend.com has an article about Oregon’s beer economy:

Beer-related businesses, including brewers, wholesalers, and retailers, contribute $2.2 billion to the Oregon economy, according to a new study released today by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute.

The industry’s economic impact in the state includes 26,435 jobs paying $732.4 million in wages as well as more than $338 million in federal, state and local taxes generated and paid, including consumption taxes.

It’s mostly just a press release, nothing too outstanding, except for one thing: there’s a link at the end to Beer Serves America, the group that released the economic study. On their homepage, they have a neat clickable map of the U.S. that lets you view the economic impact of the beer industry on each state. Useful. California’s impact, for instance, is $22 billion; Texas is $11 billion; Virginia is $3.7 billion. What seems to be missing, though, is a comparative chart: I want to see how all 50 states rank compared to each other, and I don’t want to have to click through each state myself to figure it out.

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