A report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association credits outdoor recreational activities with adding $646 billion dollars to the economy and providing the country with 6.1 million jobs. The report also cites the outdoor industry with adding $39.9 billion to federal the tax pool and contributing $39.7 billion to state and local taxes.
The industry grew even during the most recent recess
“During a time when some American industries are struggling, we are seeing solid growth,” said Will Manzer, CEO of Eastern Mountain Sports and chair of the OIA Board of Directors.
“Since 2005, the outdoor recreation economy has grown approximately 5 percent annually. In fact, outdoor recreation supports a significant number of jobs, on par with — or, in some cases, more than — other sizeable American industries,” Manzer said.