In the release of what has become an annual report the Department of Interior says an objective analysis shows the federal agency contributed $371 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012, supporting 2.3 million jobs in activities including outdoor recreation and tourism, energy development, grazing and timber harvesting.
The U.S. Department of the Interior Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2012, prepared by Interior’s Office of Policy Analysis, estimates the economic contributions of the department, including land and water management; energy and mineral development on public lands; encouraging tourism and outdoor recreation at national parks, and monuments. The report is the fourth in a series of annual economic reports initiated by Interior in 2009. This year’s report features a state-by-state map that illustrates Interior’s contributions across the country.
The report and map indicate that DOI contributed $6.6-billion to the state’s economy, supporting 60,591 jobs, and visitation by just under 18-million people.