The U.S. Dairy Export Council has released the top 10 states in the nation for dairy jobs. In a bit of a surprise, the top 10 dairy job generators reflect, but does not exactly mirror, the top 10 dairy producing states.
That’s because the total number of jobs supported by the dairy industry goes far beyond production and processing and into transportation, retail sales and even construction.
Here is the entire top 10 list:
1. California: 390,175 jobs
2. Wisconsin: 215,128 jobs
3. Texas: 203,254 jobs
4. New York: 183,375 jobs
5. Florida: 150,712 jobs
6. Pennsylvania: 137,653 jobs
7. Ohio: 114,053 jobs
8. Illinois: 109,967 jobs
9. Minnesota: 99,455 jobs
10. Michigan: 89,480 jobs
For example, Florida, Ohio and Illinois all make the top 10 jobs generator list, but do not crack the top 10 dairy producing states. These lower milk producing states either have large urban populations, process and package dairy products or sit at the cross roads of major freeway systems.
States such as Idaho (#4), New Mexico (#9) and Washington (#10) produce a lot of milk. But much of their production is consumed, transported and sometimes further processed in other more populous states.
To get an estimate of how many jobs dairy creates in your state, click here. The labor job estimate was created by the International Dairy Foods Association.