Results from a new economic impact study show that California’s pistachio industry injected more than $5 billion into the state’s economy last year, along with nearly 50,000 jobs. Growers and processors generated nearly $2.5 billion in labor income as well.
“When a grower spends money, that creates new business for other organizations, which means jobs and labor income, and it also creates business taxes,” said Dennis H. Tootelian, who conducted the study for American Pistachio Growers.
California is home to 98% of the nation’s pistachio production. With more than 175,000 acres planted, the amount of land dedicated to pistachio farming has grown more than 50% over the last four years.