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Study: Pa. among nation's biggest beer economies

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The beer industry supports about 70,650 jobs and contributes $8.7 billion annually in economic impact to Pennsylvania, according to a new study

Those numbers include both direct and indirect effects, according to the report, published by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Prepared by John Dunham and Associates of New York City, the report analyzed numbers nationally, by state, and by legislative district.

Nationally, the beer industry generated $246.5 billion in economic activity and supported more than 2 million direct and indirect jobs in 2012, the report said.

By economic impact, Pennsylvania's beer industry ranks No. 9 in the nation. The largest impact is in California, at more than $34 billion, the report found.

Directly, beer accounts for 37,230 jobs in Pennsylvania and $3.2 billion in economic activity, the report said. The state has 115 brewing establishements and 426 distributors, it said.

That latter number may change if Pennsylvania moves forward with liquor privatization. The state's beer distributors have expressed strong concerns about their ability to compete with expanded wine and beer sales in grocery stores.

A privatization plan, House Bill 790, passed the state House of Representatives last week, by a vote of 105 to 90. It is now under consideration in the Senate.

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