The ethanol industry has had a substantial impact on the economic vitality of rural communities, especially in America’s heartland, where the majority of the nation’s corn ethanol plants are located. Short transportation distances and local investment have led to most ethanol facilities being centrally located in the United States, providing more economic independence and energy security to our country while supporting local jobs.


Ethanol production is a domestic energy industry, creating jobs and economic vitality all across America—especially in rural areas of the nation.


  • In 2018, the U.S. ethanol industry helped support nearly 366,000 direct and indirect jobs.

  • Ethanol contributed more than $45 billion to the Gross Domestic Product and added $24 billion to household income.

  • This generated more than $10 billion in tax revenue for federal, state and local governments.


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