1 of 2 A new study by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has found that jobs in the meatpacking industry are more likely to pay a living wage than in any other manufacturing sector in the country.
The report, published Thursday by the NAM, found that of the 1,072 U.S. manufacturing jobs that the NAMS examined, nearly half were in the food processing industry.
The meatpacking sector, which accounts for about two-thirds of the nation’s meatpacking jobs, ranked first among manufacturing sectors for median annual wages, at $25,800.
Only 2.6 percent of all manufacturing jobs paid $10.10 an hour or less.NAM president Richard Trumka called the report “an important snapshot” of the country’s economic health.
The food processing sector is home to some of the largest food processing companies in the United States, including Walmart, Costco, and Sam’s Club, according to NAM.
The food processing workers make up the bulk of Walmart’s 2.7 million hourly workforce.
The largest food processor, Cargill, employs more than 10,000 people.
Walmart is among the largest employers in the nation, employing more than 4 million workers.
The industry also produces more than 40 percent of the U.N.’s beef, pork, and poultry products.
The industry also accounts for more than a third of the world’s pork, cattle, and sheep production.
Nam said the industry is the fastest-growing job market in the U