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Craft Beer Paces Employment Growth Among Region’s Traded Industry Clusters

San Diego CA— While still small compared to other industries in the region, specialty foods and microbreweries are growing fast, with employment in the cluster more than doubling in the last five years thanks largely to the rise of craft beer according to a new Info Bulletin released by SANDAG.

Thirteen traded industry clusters – groups of interrelated, export-oriented industries that bring new money into the region – provide 25 percent of the jobs in San Diego County. And those 350,000 jobs tend to pay higher wages and stand firm against recession.

You can learn more about the region’s traded industry clusters – the biggest is entertainment and hospitality, and the highest paying is biotechnology and pharmaceuticals – in the new Info Bulletin: Traded Industry Clusters in the San Diego Region: 2016 Data Update.

It’s part of the SANDAG mission to serve as the region’s clearinghouse for information and data. A key goal of the agency is to publish timely, relevant information that can inform the public while providing context on the complex issues facing our community.

Read the March 2016 SANDAG Info – or check out the Info/InfoBits archive on the SANDAG website at: www.sandag.org/index.asp?fuseaction=publications.allinfosheets.