The United States (US) hides and skins industry accounts for nearly $3.4 billion in total economic output, according to a new economic impact analysis conducted by John Dunham and Associates for the North American Meat Institute, an affiliate organization of the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association.
The study, which groups hides and skins with offal, found that the production, processing, and distribution of those products directly employs an estimated 5,486 individuals who collectively earn more than $384 million in wages annually. The broader meat and poultry industry is responsible for 5.4 million jobs and $257 billion in yearly wages, the report found.
US exports of hides and skins products, including cattle hides, pig skins, and wet blue leather, topped $2.3 billion in value in 2015. Dunham’s analysis, which uses data from 2014, is featured on the newly-designed website www.MeatFuelsAmerica.com.
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