U.S. Poultry Industry Provides 1.6 Million Jobs; Economic Output of $441 Billion
December 20, 2016
TUCKER, Ga. – The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the U.S. poultry industry provides 1,682,269 jobs, $96 billion in wages, $441.15 billion in economic activity and $34 billion in government revenue.
The study breaks down poultry into three subcategories: chicken, turkey and eggs. Key economic data from each are as follows:
- The chicken industry provides 1,195,745 jobs, $68 billion in wages, $313.12 billion in economic activity and $24.14 billion in government revenue.
- The turkey industry provides 374,600 jobs, $21.3 billion in wages, $97.46 billion in economic activity and $7.5 billion in government revenue.
- The egg industry provides 81,515 jobs, $4.99 billion in wages, $22.77 billion in economic activity and $1.78 billion in government revenue.
“We are pleased to be able to provide this valuable tool across the industry that demonstrates the positive economic impact the poultry industry has on our nation and communities,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY.
The data is hosted on interactive websites that can be viewed collectively or by individual product, and then sorted nationally by state, congressional district, state house district or state senate district, and county. For more information about the U.S. poultry industry’s economic impact, visit:
The economic impact study was funded by USPOULTRY. The study was conducted by John Dunham & Associates, based in New York City. The study was updated using the most current methodology available and uses data from 2016. For more information on the study’s methodology and model description, please click here.