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  • California Tops Dairy's Top 10 List for Jobs

    By USDEC August 30, 2018

    The Golden State supports 390,000+ jobs, more than any state, followed by Wisconsin, Texas, New York and Florida.   

    Got Jobs? Dairy does!

    California is No. 1 among the states, with an economic ripple effect going beyond dairy to connected industries, supporting a grand total of 390,000 jobs.

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    Here is the entire top 10 list:


    The jobs data comes from Dairy Delivers®,  the International Dairy Foods Association's economic impact tool. It takes into account the economic ripple effect of dairy to connected U.S. industries such as transportation, construction and retail. 

    With Labor Day weekend upon us, the list shows how dairy is an employment machine, especially in these states.

    Coast-to-coast impact documented

    But the reality goes far beyond these 10 states. Unlike some sectors and industries, dairy employment is coast-to-coast. It's not geographically based.

    A communications campaign co-sponsored by the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) shows dairy's economic impact in every state.

    Launched in May, the campaign shares in-depth data and compelling narratives featuring hard-working dairy families, innovative dairy exporters and others from across the country who are economically connected to dairy's food supply chain.

    The slogan: Dairy creates jobs, exports create more.

    See for yourself at

    New resource: State-by-state information bundles

    A new resource, launched just before the Labor Day weekend, assembles reliable jobs, export sales and other economic data from a variety of sources, including IDFA, NMPF, USDEC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Census Bureau.

    We put all this information into printable, three-page "state bundles" you can use for presentations, social media sharing and more. 

    How do you get it? Go here to find your state's bundle. Click to download the PDF. That's it.

    Each state bundle has three pages

    Get your state's bundle


    Get your state's bundle


    The bundles provide invaluable information to tell each state's economic impact story.

    But there is also a national story to tell. We have the numbers for that, too. The video below communicates them in rapid-fire fashion.

    Dairy's national economic impact story


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    Three ways to educate others 

    Want to help inform others about dairy's surprising effect on the economy, taxes and more?

    Three ideas:

    1. Share our economic resources on social media. Use and search for the hashtag #GotDairyJobs on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

    2. Download, print and distribute your state's information bundle. Give the three-page bundle to anyone with questions about dairy's positive impact. 

    3. Write articles, take photographs and shoot videos showing real people working real jobs, thanks to dairy. Share with others and send them to me at 

    Mark O'Keefe is vice president of editorial services at the U.S. Dairy Export Council and coordinates the "Got Jobs?" communications campaign.

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    The U.S. Dairy Export Council fosters collaborative industry partnerships with processors, trading companies and others to enhance global demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients. USDEC is primarily supported by Dairy Management Inc. through the dairy farmer checkoff. How to republish this post.   

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