Still working on the start-up brewery report, which will hopefully be out in about a month. For now, here’s a quick update on the alcohol cluster. This is our office’s working definition of the cluster, based on detailed employment sectors. See the note at the end for specifics.
While Oregon’s overall employment just returned to pre-Great Recession levels a couple months ago, a few of our clusters have outperformed and done considerably better. One in particular is the state’s alcohol cluster — the group of breweries, wineries, distilleries and their distributors and retail outlets. Since the start of 2008, these jobs in Oregon have increased 46 percent (!), or about 5,200 jobs. This is also an undercount of growth as some breweries (or brewpubs) are classified as restaurants and pulling their information is difficult, although the Employment Department does an annual beer report.
Fun Fact: In general, when looking at Oregon as a share of the U.S. we are usually 1.2 to 1.4 percent of the total — be it population, jobs, exports, etc. However in terms of the alcohol cluster, Oregon is 2 percent of the U.S. which is quite large relative to all of our other rankings. In terms of a location quotient, Oregon’s alcohol industry is a 1.6 (2014 data), indicating Oregon’s alcohol cluster is 60 percent larger relative to the typical state, after adjusting for size.
Alcohol Cluster definition: Breweries (NAICS 31212), Wineries (NAICS 31213), Distilleries (NAICS 31214), Beer, Wine, Distilled Alcohol Beverage Merchant Wholesalers (NAICS 4248), Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores (NAICS 44531), Drinking Places, Alcoholic Beverages (NAICS 7224)