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Interior Dept Supported $315 Billion in Economic Activity, 1.8 Million Jobs in FY 2018

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt recently released the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2018 and the findings were substantial.

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt recently released the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2018 and the findings were substantial.

The report highlights Interior activities covering conventional and renewable energy, recreation, non-fuel minerals, irrigation, and conservation that resulted in $315 billion in economic output and supported 1.8 million jobs during the year – up from $254 billion in economic output and 1.6 million jobs in 2016.

“As the stewards of our public lands and waters, we are committed to being a good neighbor and serving alongside local communities,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “The Department of the Interior is entrusted with managing a wide variety of activities on public lands that support nearly two million jobs and generate $315 billion in economic impact, benefitting local and state economies. Today’s report highlights the significant contribution our public lands make in our economy, which continues to grow under President Trump’s leadership.”

Interior-managed lands and waters produced 923 million barrels of crude oil, 4.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 322 million tons of coal in FY 2018. Oil, gas and coal produced from Interior-managed lands and waters supported an estimated $151 billion in economic output and an estimated 643,000 jobs.

National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Monuments and other public lands managed by Interior hosted an estimated 486 million recreational visits in FY 2018—up from 473 million in FY 2016. These visits supported an estimated $58 billion in economic output and an estimated 452,000 jobs nationwide.

States with the largest contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), economic output, and employment include:

New Mexico

  • $16 billion contribution to GDP
  • $21 billion in economic output
  • 80,000 jobs

Wyoming

  • $14.71 billion contribution to GDP
  • $21 billion in economic output
  • 88,000 jobs

Texas

  • $13.68 billion contribution to GDP
  • $24 billion in economic output
  • 113,000 jobs.

Colorado

  • $8 billion contribution to GDP
  • $12.3 billion in economic output
  • 66,000 jobs.

California

  • $7 billion contribution to GDP
  • $11.7 billion in economic output
  • 75,000 jobs

Louisiana

  • $5.4 billion contribution to GDP
  • $10.8 billion in economic output
  • 53,000 jobs

The report is paired with a web-based data visualization tool that allows the user to customize the contribution analysis by bureau, activity or state. Here you can access the tool and download the full economic report, analysis and methodology applied .

FY 2019 Prospects are High

The economic impact of Interior-managed public lands under President Trump is also expected to show increases in FY 2019 due to expanded recreational access, regulatory reforms, increased energy production, and more projects being approved for development.

Regulatory reforms have also netted a considerable impact, uplifting the economy without sacrificing critical environmen

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