VIDEOS, DATA and MORE: Dairy’s Surprising ‘Jobs Machine’

Watch the dramatic economic ripple effect in Calif., Wis., Texas, N.Y., Fla., Penn., Ohio, Ill., Minn. and Mich.

The dairy industry supports more than 89,000 jobs in Michigan, as illustrated by this state video for the Wolverine state.

The dairy industry is a “jobs machine” that generates employment, tax revenue and other economic impacts for every U.S. citizen in every state.

When you factor in the dairy’s industry’s “ripple effect” to 11 connected economic sectors such as manufacturing and retail the numbers are eye-popping. For example, the U.S. dairy industry:

  • Supports 2.9 million jobs.
  • Generates more than $39 billion in direct wages.
  • Has an overall economic impact of more than $628 billion.

That data comes from Dairy Delivers® — the International Dairy Foods Association’s economic impact tool, with additional economic information available at GotDairyJobs.org, a portal managed for the U.S. dairy industry by the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the National Milk Producers Federation and IDFA.

The dairy industry is a “jobs machine” that generates employment, tax revenue and more for every U.S. citizen in every state. Chart: GotDairyJobs.org.

The three dairy groups have joined forces to educate the public with one voice and a clear message: Dairy creates jobs, exports create more.”

The national numbers are impressive. The state-by-state data quantifies in granular detail how much taxpayers, lawmakers, construction workers, real estate agents, miners and other full-time workers depend on dairy, whether or not they like milk, butter, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products.

In California alone, the dairy industry supports more than 390,000 jobs and pumps $98 billion into the Golden State’s economy.

WHY WE MADE 10 VIDEOS

To illustrate how this works, we created motion-graphic videos of just over a minute each on the Top 10 job-generating states. The videos have been updated for 2019.

How to view and share these videos

  • Getting permission to use videos: These videos were made to be shared without express oral or written permission. If you need to show something to a lawyer, copy and paste the previous sentence.
  • Watching on this page: Click the triangle, lower left, of the video you want to see.
  • Sharing on social media: Click the “share” icon on the upper right-hand side of each video. Use the hashtag #GotDairyJobs to help us track and amplify your efforts.

Three more ways to get and use the videos:

  • Go to the Vimeo video platform.
  • Download an mp4 file from Dropbox.
  • Obtain the embed code to copy and paste into your website.

Technology challenged? Just click on one or more of the bulleted links below and you should get what you need. If you still have problems, contact information is at the bottom of the page.

Enough for the explanations. Let’s watch the videos.


1. California: 390,175 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

2. Wisconsin: 215,128 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

3. Texas: 203,254 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

4. New York: 183,375 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

5. Florida: 150,712 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

6. Pennsylvania: 137,653 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

7. Ohio: 114,053 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

8. Illinois: 109,967 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

9. Minnesota: 99,455 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

10. Michigan: 89,480 jobs

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

What about a video for the entire United States?

  • See video on Vimeo here.
  • Download mp4 video file here.
  • Obtain embed code here.

Want concise state-by-state data?

We have more than videos to tell this story. You can get concise, downloadable “info bundles” that includes export data for the 48 continental U.S. states at GotDairyJobs.org.

Each state info bundle includes a cover page, an economic fact sheet and export data.

Want granular data for every state AND congressional district?

Dairy Delivers® — the International Dairy Foods Association’s economic impact tool, enables you to drill down to a granular level showing dairy’s economic impact in every state and congressional district.

Click on a state and the tool gives you the data you need.
Click a congressional district to see a more local impact.
See the economic ripple effect with economic impact tables like this one.

Just one industry among many in agriculture

Dairy is only one part of the economy’s vast food and agricultural sector.

An economic impact study by John Dunham and Associates found that roughly one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors, accounting for more than 22 million jobs and nearly 15 percent of all U.S. employment.

Get state and congressional data for the entire food and agriculture sector here.

Help us tell this positive economic impact story

Got Jobs? Dairy supports nearly 3 million.

Want even more jobs? Food and agriculture create 22 million.

That’s a lot of jobs. Help us tell this positive but often overlooked economic impact story by sharing the videos and other resources above.


Questions or comments? Contact GotDairyJobs.org coordinator Mark O’Keefe at mokeefe@usdec.org.