Top five meatpacking and poultry processing states, by number of workers

Meatpacking Poultry processing
State Number of workers State Number of workers
Nebraska 26,607 Georgia 31,950
Iowa 26,543 Arkansas 29,014
Texas 23,623 North Carolina 22,441
Kansas 17,893 Alabama 21,697
Illinois 17,143 Mississippi 16,036

Notes: Figures represent the five-year average of workers reported by firms, by industrial sector in each state from January 2014 through December 2018. Beef and hog slaughtering firms are identified by the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes: 311611 – Animal Slaughtering, Except Poultry; 311612 – Meat Processed from Carcasses; 311613 – Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing. Poultry processing firms are identified by the NAICS code 311615 – Poultry Processing.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).

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