Meat and poultry plants employed about a third of U.S. food and beverage manufacturing employees in 2019

Meat and poultry plants employed about a third of U.S. food and beverage manufacturing employees in 2019

In 2019, the U.S. food and beverage manufacturing sector employed 1.7 million people, or just over 1.1 percent of all U.S. nonfarm employment. In thousands of food and beverage manufacturing plants located throughout the country, these employees were engaged in transforming raw agricultural materials into products for intermediate or final consumption. Meat and poultry plants employed the largest percentage of food and beverage manufacturing workers, followed by bakeries, and beverage plants.


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