Southeast Louisiana leads the nation in American maritime workers, with 33,590 jobs and nearly $9 billion in economic impact, a new study shows, 10/12 Industry Report reports.
Citing a forthcoming Transportation Institute report on the Jones Act, House Republican
Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) says the study conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that between 2011 and 2016, 8,540 new Jones Act jobs were created in Louisiana’s First Congressional District. The district comprises parts of eight Louisiana parishes, including Orleans Parish.
Louisiana overall has 70,780 Jones Act jobs with an $18.2 billion economic impact, according to the study, while nationally, the maritime industry supports 648,220 jobs and generates a $154.8 billion economic impact.
“The Jones Act is not only a vital piece of America’s national security strategy but a pillar of economic strength and job creation for the district,” Scalise said in a prepared statement announcing the results of the study. “These jobs are critical to the transportation of goods and to offshore energy exploration and production in the United States.” Read the full story.