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High concentrations of slaughterers and meat packers in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska in 2019

June 26, 2020

The animal slaughtering and processing industry had about 527,000 jobs in May 2019. Two occupations combined made up over one-third of employment in this industry: meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers (114,160) and slaughterers and meat packers (67,670).

Employment, location quotients, and wages of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers, by state, May 2019
State Employment Location quotient Hourly mean wage

Alabama

11,580 5.60 $11.20

Alaska

2,370 7.13 12.40

Arizona

700 0.23 14.47

Arkansas

8,410 6.59 13.07

California

8,000 0.44 14.38

Colorado

2,940 1.05 16.76

Connecticut

210 0.12 15.36

Delaware

5,550 11.72 12.98

District of Columbia

120 0.15 15.66

Florida

3,470 0.38 14.33

Georgia

9,810 2.09 12.25

Hawaii

670 1.01 14.34

Idaho

200 0.27 13.19

Illinois

1,950 0.31 15.55

Indiana

1,860 0.58 13.79

Iowa

5,870 3.61 16.80

Kansas

5,410 3.70 14.65

Kentucky

1,600 0.81 13.30

Louisiana

2,720 1.35 11.11

Maine

840 1.31 15.29

Maryland

700 0.25 14.62

Massachusetts

1,100 0.29 17.55

Michigan

1,530 0.34 14.72

Minnesota

4,140 1.37 15.50

Mississippi

5,750 4.86 13.10

Missouri

4,300 1.45 15.55

Montana

15.17

Nebraska

9,200 8.94 16.69

Nevada

590 0.41 14.07

New Hampshire

50 0.07 15.22

New Jersey

2,110 0.49 14.62

New Mexico

80 0.09 12.46

New York

1,770 0.18 13.87

North Carolina

13,320 2.85 12.98

North Dakota

100 0.22 15.67

Ohio

2,380 0.42 14.42

Oklahoma

1,400 0.83 11.51

Oregon

820 0.41 13.12

Pennsylvania

2,020 0.33 14.44

Rhode Island

13.84

South Carolina

4,490 2.03 11.76

South Dakota

2,180 4.90 14.61

Tennessee

3,330 1.06 13.71

Texas

5,640 0.43 13.83

Utah

560 0.35 13.33

Vermont

50 0.14 17.01

Virginia

3,660 0.90 13.03

Washington

3,160 0.91 16.06

West Virginia

970 1.32 13.58

Wisconsin

3,810 1.27 14.25

Wyoming

80 0.29 13.69

Note: Dash indicates estimate not released.

States with the largest number of jobs and highest concentrations of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers and slaughterers and meat packers were mainly in the Midwest and South, although there were some exceptions.

North Carolina (13,320), Alabama (11,580), and Georgia (9,810) were among the states with the largest number of jobs for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers. As a share of state employment, Delaware had nearly 12 times as many meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers as the national share. Nebraska (location quotient of 8.9) and Alaska (7.1) were also among the states with the highest concentrations of this occupation.

Employment, location quotients, and wages of slaughterers and meat packers, by state, May 2019
State Employment Location quotient Hourly mean wage

Alabama

3,370 3.42 $10.86

Arizona

560 0.39 16.44

Arkansas

1,160 1.90 13.71

California

4,980 0.57 13.80

Colorado

1,790 1.34 17.56

Connecticut

50 0.06 13.71

Delaware

230 1.00 14.93

Florida

220 0.05 12.75

Georgia

5,550 2.48 12.58

Hawaii

70 0.23 16.28

Idaho

350 0.97 10.99

Illinois

3,990 1.33 14.87

Indiana

1,030 0.67 15.20

Iowa

5,010 6.47 15.86

Kansas

1,880 2.70 16.23

Kentucky

910 0.96 13.66

Louisiana

1,010 1.05 11.20

Maryland

16.93

Massachusetts

14.69

Michigan

1,610 0.74 15.14

Minnesota

5,220 3.63 15.42

Mississippi

1,580 2.80 12.69

Missouri

500 0.36 14.54

Montana

40 0.15 15.72

Nebraska

1,850 3.76 15.35

Nevada

15.66

New Jersey

790 0.39 14.09

New Mexico

60 0.14 15.46

New York

590 0.12 16.62

North Carolina

5,910 2.65 14.23

North Dakota

16.36

Ohio

4,110 1.51 13.34

Oklahoma

640 0.79 11.61

Oregon

360 0.37 14.32

Pennsylvania

2,510 0.85 14.80

South Carolina

560 0.53 11.46

South Dakota

960 4.53 14.54

Tennessee

1,050 0.70 12.45

Texas

6,020 0.97 14.15

Utah

800 1.07 14.87

Vermont

130 0.83 15.29

Virginia

1,060 0.55 13.54

Washington

1,200 0.73 16.19

West Virginia

13.33

Wisconsin

2,640 1.84 14.74

Note: Dash indicates estimate not released.

Texas (6,020), North Carolina (5,910), and Georgia (5,550) were among the states with the largest number of jobs for slaughterers and meat packers. States with the highest concentrations of this occupation included Iowa (location quotient of 6.5), South Dakota (4.5), and Nebraska (3.8).

These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. To learn more, see the May 2019 data for animal slaughtering and processing and the occupational profile pages for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers and slaughterers and meat packers. Location quotients represent the ratio of an occupation's share of state employment to that occupation's share of national employment. For example, an occupation that makes up 10 percent of state employment compared with 2 percent of U.S. employment would have a location quotient of 5 for that state. (State occupational employment data are for all industries combined. The animal slaughtering and processing industry employed 92 percent of slaughterers and meat packers and 74 percent of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers nationally.)

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, High concentrations of slaughterers and meat packers in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska in 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/high-concentrations-of-slaughterers-and-meat-packers-in-iowa-south-dakota-and-nebraska-in-2019.htm (visited July 13, 2020).

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