In 2015, Koch companies in the United States directly employed nearly 60,000 people in 50 states and the District of Columbia, paying compensation and benefits totaling more than $5.5 billion, according to a recent study by Harrah Analytics, an independent economic research firm.

Among the Koch companies included in the analysis are Wichita-based Koch Industries, Inc.Flint Hills Resources and INVISTA, Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific, and Lisle, Illinois-based Molex Incorporated. The analysis does not include the nearly 7,800 contractors who work for Koch companies in the United States, nor the 7,000 additional U.S.-based employees of companies affiliated with Koch. It also does not include the 2,300 open roles currently available across Koch companies.

“Above all, Koch Industries is a capabilities-driven company whose success is shaped first and foremost by our employees,” said Dave Robertson, Koch’s president and COO. “By reinvesting 90 percent of earnings back into the business, Koch companies are creating high-quality jobs, making and improving products people rely on every day, and strengthening the communities in which we operate.”

Koch companies also buy goods and services from local businesses (indirect impacts), and Koch employees spend their earnings on food, housing, entertainment and more (induced impacts). This combined spending translates to Koch companies supporting a total of more than 200,000 jobs and compensation of nearly $13.5 billion – an increase from $13 billion in 2014, Harrah Analytics determined in its study.

The top 10 states in terms of jobs are:

State     Direct Jobs       *Total Jobs      
TX     8,454       33,346      
GA     7,006       27,370      
AL     2,698       12,340      
WI     3,064       10,293      
AR     3,348       9,841      
SC     2,533       9,704      
KS     3,713       8,601      
FL     2,032       8,005      
MS     1,940       7,580      
OR     1,747       7,494      
 

* Summing the direct, indirect and induced impacts

The top 10 states in terms of compensation and benefits are:

State       Direct Compensation       **Total Compensation      
TX       $826,798,757       $2,351,991,183      
GA       $819,729,511       $2,025,358,235      
KS       $470,703,499       $793,994,268      
AL       $257,266,002       $760,400,435      
AR       $255,675,562       $600,532,018      
WI       $246,344,146       $579,416,610      
IL       $268,346,426       $560,623,687      
SC       $169,351,076       $517,428,728      
OR       $165,627,323       $476,872,212      
FL       $186,051,530       $463,697,204      
 

** Summing the direct, indirect an d induced impacts

“With 2,300 open roles spanning a variety of fields, such as engineering, IT, logistics, business, operations, maintenance and manufacturing, Koch companies are open for business and look forward to continuing a tremendous history of growth,” said Walt Malone, corporate director, human resources for Koch Industries. “Through 2016 and beyond, we will remain focused on attracting and retaining talented individuals with the right values who share Koch companies’ vision of producing products and providing services that help people improve their lives.”

The complete study can be found at http://www.kochind.com/files/2016_koch_companies_job_study.pdf.