Statewide Employer

Our farms provide one of the most consistent economic benefits to all of Washington

Grain farming and processing are important contributors to more than 25,000 jobs within Washington State alone.

Washington grain production provided the equivalent of 18,720 full time on-farm jobs in 2010. In addition, the business to business activity of grain famers resulted in an additional 5,343 jobs in business servicing grain farms. This is about 5.3 off farm jobs created by agribusiness for every $1 million in Washington grain production. Another 1.8 jobs per $1 million in grain production value, or 1751 jobs, resulted from businesses providing personal goods and services to grain farmers and employees. Thus, over 25 jobs result from each $1 million earned in grain farm revenue. This means that in 2010, Washington grain production supported 7,094 jobs in addition to the nearly 19,000 directly related to grain production.

Another way to interpret the employment data is that for every job directly related to grain production in the State of Washington, another 0.39 jobs are created either to facilitate business to business

transactions, or to provide the privately demanded goods and services of grain producers.

 

Direct Employment (all grain farms) - 18,274 

Indirect Employment (from business to business transactions) - 5,343 

Induced Employment (from personal activity) - 1,751

TOTAL EMPLOYMENT 25,814