The U.S. film industry, one of the most union-dense in the country, now employs more people than some of the major sectors of the economy.
“The U.S. television and film industry has become a bigger employer than farming, oil and gas extraction, and mining, according to an analysis by the Motion Picture Association of America.
The production and distribution of TV shows and movies directly employ more people in 34 states than each of those industries, the group said.
The report illustrates how broadly the U.S. entertainment industry has grown beyond the known creative enclaves of Los Angeles and New York. Jobs in television and film directly generated $76 billion in wages, with salaries that are 47 percent higher than the national average, the group said. The analysis of 2017 U.S. economic data was partly delayed by the government shutdown earlier this year, and included jobs linked to pay television for the first time, the MPAA said.