The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has released a new report outlining the role confectionery manufacturing plays in the U.S. economy. 

Makers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints support nearly 700,000 American jobs, with about 58,000 jobs created in confectionery manufacturing alone. For every job created in confectionery manufacturing, another 11 are supported in related industries, representing a multiplier effect of 1:11.

"America's chocolate and candy companies are essential to the American workforce,” said NCA President and CEO John Downs. “They are powerful drivers of the economy, and they are moment-makers during the Halloween season and at special times throughout the entire year. The Power of Sweet is palpable as the people who make our favorite treats have helped keep us connected even when we couldn't be together over these past 18 months."

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, America's chocolate and candy companies have continued to operate safely, providing and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in the communities they serve. Nearly 640,000 jobs are supported by confectionery companies in related industries, including agriculture, retail, transportation and more. The industry generates $37 billion in retail sales each year and is essential to cities and towns across the country, operating more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities in all 50 states.

John Dunham & Associates, an economic research firm, conducted this report on behalf of the National Confectioners Association.

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