WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
STATES OF INTOXICATION
Profile America — Saturday, January 2nd. When Prohibition ended in 1933, the sale of alcoholic beverages resumed in the U.S. but was subject to a patchwork of differing regulations. Local options mean that some counties remain dry. Some states regulate the alcoholic content of beer sold at supermarkets and gas stations. In a few states, beer, wine and liquor may be sold practically anywhere. And in 17 states, liquor wholesale supplies are controlled, and the majority of sales are through government or contracted outlets. These are usually called ABC stores, for alcoholic beverage control. The first ABC liquor stores opened in Pennsylvania on this date in 1934. There are nearly 22,000 beer, wine and liquor stores in the U.S. today, ABC stores included. The $43 billion a year business employs over 157,000 people. Profile America is in its19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 2505
Control states/accessed 11/4/2015: http://www.nabca.org/States/States.aspx
States' circumstances/ accessed 11/4/2015: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholic_beverage_control_state
Liquor stores and employment/NAICS 44531: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau