In 2019, legal cannabis has created 211000 jobs to full
time in America
How many jobs are there in the legal cannabis industry? This is a common question the US government refuses to answer.
As cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, employment data agencies like the Bureau of Labor Statistics all ignore industry-related jobs.
A significant number of jobs
Over the past three months, the data team at Leafly, in partnership with Whitney Economics, traveled state-to-state to calculate the total number of direct full-time jobs in the state's legal cannabis industry.
There are now more 211 000 Jobs in Industry cannabis in the United States. Over 64 of those jobs were created in 000. That's enough people to fill Chicago's Soldier Field, with 2018 more people outside.
Legal cannabis is the biggest job-creating machine in America right now. The cannabis workforce grew by 21% in 2017. It gained another 44% in 2018. We expect further employment growth of at least 20% in 2019. This would represent growth of 110% jobs in the cannabis industry in just three years.
Download the full report
Special report : 2019 Cannabis Jobs Count is only available at Leafly. The main report offers a national overview of direct employment as well as indirect employment and induced employment by the legal cannabis industry. We also offer data on tax revenue in legal states, growth forecasts for 2019, salary ranges for the most in-demand cannabis jobs, and tips on how to get hired. The annex to the report provides a state-by-state analysis of market size, growth and number of jobs.
Growth is due to what?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently compiled a list of the industries with the fastest growing employment numbers. Employment opportunities for home health aides are expected to increase by 47%. Openings for wind turbine technicians are expected to increase by 96%. The need for photovoltaic solar installers is expected to increase by 105%. These gains are expected to occur over a 10-year period.
What is amazing is that the110% growth in jobs in the cannabis sector will have occurred in just three years.
Some states that have been selling adult cannabis legally for some time now - Colorado and Washington state opened their stores in 2014 - are just starting to see employment growth in the cannabis industry level off.
Meanwhile, new legal states such as Florida (medical) and Nevada (adult use) are experiencing a boom in cannabis employment with impressive gains:
Florida has increased its employment in the 703% 2018 cannabis business, adding more 9.000 full-time jobs.
Nevada created more 7 500 jobs during the same year.
Pennsylvania ended 2017 with around 90 jobs in the cannabis industry. He finished 2018 with almost 3.
New York has increased its employment in the 278% cannabis business, finishing 2018 with more than 5.000 jobs.
Who will be hiring in 2019
California, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Florida and Arkansas are looking for talent - and they need it now.
Cannabis hiring in California remained relatively stable in 2018 due to disruption caused by the shift from an unregulated medical system to a licensed and regulated market for medical and adult consumption. But we expect jobs in the cannabis industry to increase by 21% in 2019. In raw numbers, that means 10261 well-paying positions with benefits and opportunities for advancement are waiting to be filled.
In Massachusetts, the state adult market is just beginning. We expect more than 9 jobs to be created over the next 500 months.
Florida is expected to create more than 5 jobs in 000, which would bring the state's total employment in the cannabis industry to around 2019.
Oklahoma is the Wild West of cannabis right now. There were no jobs in the cannabis industry a year ago. Now, there are 2. In a year, we expect there will be 107.
Arkansas is just beginning its program for medical purposes, but there is room for growth: from 135 jobs now to 960 by the end of the year.
How to get a job
Throughout the week, Leafly will be posting a series of articles on working in the cannabis industry: where the growth is, what it's like to work in the cannabis industry, and how to crush that interview. job and take an offer home.
Forecast : Leafly