Colorado Leads Nation In Brewery Employment

September 30, 2015

New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Colorado leads the nation in concentration of brewery employment. California breweries employ more people, but Colorado leads when factoring in how big a state's population is. 

Here's how that looks compared to the rest of the country, with more info from the BLS below:

Some states have a higher concentration of employment in breweries than others. We measure this concentration with the location quotient. A location quotient greater than 1 means the state has a higher share of employment than the national average.

In March 2015, Colorado had the highest concentration of employment in breweries—more than 5 times the national average. In Colorado, 149 establishments employed 4,398 people. Montana had the second-highest concentration, with a location quotient of 3.6.

California had the most establishments at 211, employing 5,980 people.

Read more of CPR News' beer coverage here. 

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