May 14, 2010
For every 1,000 producers raising sheep, 540 other jobs are created. Another way to look at these figures is to say that every 1,000 sheep generates 18 total jobs.
This information is extracted from Sheep Industry Economic Impact Analysis authored in 2008 by Julie Shiflett, Juniper Economic Consulting.
As of Jan. 1, 2008, there were just over 6 million total sheep resulting in 108,700 total jobs from this production.
"The total employment effect from sheep- and wool-byproduct sales at the retail level is up to 38,110 jobs created. By adding this number to the total number of sheep producers in the United States in 2007 (70,590), the 108,700 total jobs is achieved."
The impact statement is available on the American Sheep Industry Association Web site at www.sheepusa.org/Publications