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Chickens, Eggs, Turkeys Bring Growth to US

14 January 2015

US - Over the last two years, the US poultry sector has added 477,000 jobs and had a $204 billion impact on economic output, according to a new study.

The US 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 increased 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, from 2012 to 2014, the poultry industry collectively increased the number of jobs from 1,337,020 to 1,814,200, amount of wages from $63 billion to $100.2 billion, total economic activity from $265.5 billion to $469.6 billion, and government revenue from $23.4 billion to $32.9 billion.

The study was updated using the most current methodology available, and as a result, a small portion of the increase can be attributed to the new methodology.

The study breaks down poultry into three sub-categories: chicken, turkey and eggs. Key economic data from each are as follows:

  • The chicken industry provides 1,339,900 jobs, $74 billion in wages, $348.7 billion in economic activity and $24.4 billion in government revenue.
  • The turkey industry provides 308,400 jobs, $16.9 billion in wages, $80.1 billion in economic activity and $5.6 billion in government revenue.
  • The egg industry provides 128,000 jobs, $7.2 billion in wages, $30.7 billion in economic activity and $2.2 billion in government revenue.

John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY, (pictured) said: “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 communities.”

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. For more information about the US 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, and uses data from 2014. For more information on the study’s methodology and model description, please click here.

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