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The economic impact of domestic ethanol production is felt far outside the ethanol biorefinery. In fact, the industry has evolved into a an invaluable economic engine for communities across the nation. In 2016, the growth in the ethanol sector continued to serve as a crucial wealth generator for rural areas across the nation.  The ethanol industry is responsible for creating well paying, stable jobs in areas where such employment is often hard to come by.  The record production of 15.3 billion gallons ethanol supported 74,420 direct jobs in renewable fuel production and agriculture, as well as 264,756 indirect and induced jobs across all sectors of the economy.

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The economic impact of domestic ethanol production is felt far outside the biorefinery.  In hundreds of communities across the nation, ethanol production is creating well paying jobs where jobs are too often few and far between.

  • FACT: In 2016, the record production of 15.3 billion gallons of ethanol supported 74,420 direct jobs in renewable fuel production and agriculture in the U.S., as well as 264,756 indirect and induced jobs across all sectors of the economy. Source: Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2016
  • FACT: Ethanol industry jobs have proven to be stable, well-paid, fulfilling, and safe. A recent survey by Ethanol Producer Magazine found that more than 90% of ethanol employees are “satisfied” with their jobs, with 66% being “very” or “extremely satisfied.”  Amongst the reasons for their job satisfaction, “job security” ranked highest, with “competitve salaries” and “positive work environment” following closely behind.
  • FACT: Five of the top 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates also rank in the top 10 ethanol-producing states.
  • FACT: Rural counties with ethanol plants can attribute 32% of county-wide employment growth from 2000-2008 to the development and operation of the ethanol biorefinery.
  • FACT: In 2016, the U.S. ethanol industry added $42 billion to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and paid $9 billion in taxes.  The sector’s economic activity and job creation helped raise household income by $23 billion. The U.S. ethanol industry spent $25 billion on raw materials, other inputs, and goods and services.  The production of ethanol, distillers grains, corn oil, and other products at the nation’s ethanol biorefinieries create tens of billions of dollars in value.  Moreover, the value-added market for grains and other feedstocks helped strengthen those markets for farmers.  Additionally, these products represent a growing export opportunity.

As U.S. ethanol goes global, so too does the industry’s economic impact.  Moving more than one billion gallons of U.S. ethanol to destinations around the world supports countless jobs related to transportation and logistics, port operations, customs administration, and other key tasks.