Outdoor recreation like water activities at the Lake of the Ozarks (pictured) accounted for 2.2% of Missouri's GDP in 2017, a new report says. | Via KOMU News/Flickr

Outdoor recreation contributed $6.8 billion to Missouri in 2017: report



Missouri’s outdoor recreation economy in 2017 accounted for 2.2% of the state’s current-dollar gross domestic product and 3.1% of total jobs, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report published Sept. 20.

The report details the outdoor recreation economy, which includes activities like fishing, boating, hunting and RV travel, for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Hawaii led all states in percentage of GDP contributed by its recreation economy, at 5.4%. Washington, D.C. had the lowest percentage, 1.2%.

In Missouri, outdoor recreation contributed about $6.8 billion to the economy. Festivals, sporting events and concerts accounted for close to $448 million of that total; boating and fishing made up nearly $400 million.

Over 91,000 people worked in the sector, receiving nearly $3.6 billion in compensation. That included more than 31,000 jobs in retail trade; over 18,000 in arts, entertainment and recreation; and upwards of 14,000 in accommodations and food service.

Nationally, the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sector was the leading contributor to the outdoor recreation economy, accounting for $112.9 billion.

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