Study of the economic impact of the US production industry shows a return to employment and wages in the pre-Covid era

WashingtonAnd the September 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The US fresh produce and flower industries support 2.2 million jobs in all 50 states $120.1 billion In business income, it has almost reached pre-COVID levels, according to an economic impact study conducted on behalf of the International Fresh Produce Association. The report highlights the important role the industry plays not only as an employer, but as a critical role in the US food system.

The economic impact of the fresh produce industry and flower supply in the United Statescollected it Jack Kleinens Kleinhenz & Associates and released today in Washington, is the first time that the trade organization representing the supply chain for fresh produce and flowers has conducted a comprehensive study of their role in US jobs, taxes and wages. The findings highlight that industry plays an important economic role in every state 339.4 billion dollars to national product in 2022. In addition to federal, state, and local taxes generated by industry, and per-industry sales generated by its activity, total $43.7 billion every year.

“Fresh produce and floral products are important to every American because not only do we strive to provide nutrients to keep people healthy, but we employ millions of Americans and pump billions of dollars into the American economy,” he said. Kathy BurnsCEO of IFPA. “This study, the first of its kind, highlights our vital role and underscores our commitment to making sure we continue on this critical mission, providing insights into our industry as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Farm Act.”

Approximately 1.2 million jobs are directly related to industry operations in 2022. The absolute number of employees involved in the fresh produce and flower supply industry is down 4 percent from 1.18 million workers in 2017 as a result of the COVID-related slowdown. The industry had 1.13 million workers in 2021 and is tracking to reach pre-pandemic levels this year.

The economic impact of the industry reaches all 50 states and District of Columbia To varying degrees depending on factors such as each state’s industry mix, wage structure, spending and saving patterns, and links with other economies. Twenty-nine states have more than 10,000 jobs attributed to the industry; Only ten countries have fewer than 4,000. The impact includes a variety of activities and products that go beyond farmers and producers, including marketing, distribution, retail, and food services. California Leading the way, it accounts for 404,468 workers, or 35 percent of employment in the industry. Washington Followed by 99320 and Florida With 82013 workers.

An examination of total employment shows in detail that more than 600,000 jobs, or 54 percent of the industry, are workers in the production sector. Wholesale and retail employment, which includes a variety of fresh fruit and flower operations, numbered 434 thousand and constituted 38 percent of the industry.

“Supporting the industry has never been more important,” Burns added. He adds treating the four most common diet-related diseases 1.4 trillion dollars on the national debt of the United States each year.”

IFPA will participate in the White House Nutrition Conference scheduled for next week, where we anticipate a range of generation-defining ideas and solutions to improve access, attractiveness and consumption of fruits and vegetables.

“In order to maintain year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable cost to consumers, we must find workers to expand the workforce at all points along the supply chain,” Burns said. “The production industry, despite being a reliable and profitable employer in every state, is seeing a decline in the number of available skilled workers. This report demonstrates the impact of delayed work reform on the workforce, which will continue to affect consumers in food services and in grocery stores.”

IFPA members from all over the country will be in the capital September 26-28 For the Union Conference in Washington and to meet with congressional leaders. Advocates will hand-deliver copies of the report and demonstrate the importance of sensible agriculture, workforce, and nutrition policies that support a healthy production industry, a healthy American economy, and healthy Americans.

About the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)

International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) It is the largest and most diverse international association serving the entire fresh produce and flower supply chain and the only one that seamlessly integrates world-facing advocacy and industry-facing support. We exist to unite the industry to create a vibrant future for all. We grow our members’ prosperity through the advocacy procedure; connect people and ideas; and provide guidance that allows us all to do so take action With purpose and confidence. While IFPA builds on the heritage of the United Fresh Produce Marketing Association, it’s not just a mix. It is a conversion. Recognizing that the industry required a more powerful and unified voice, the leaders of the former United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association chose not to merge, but rather to create an entirely new organization to replace their organizations, effective January 1, 2022.

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SOURCE INTERNATIONAL FRESH PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION

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