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Exports, Jobs & Economic Growth

Seaports deliver vital goods and services to consumers, ship U.S. exports, create jobs and support local and national economic growth.

Seaports create American jobs. Seaport cargo activity in 2018 supported the employment of nearly 31 million people in the United States - an increase of 7.5 million jobs since 2014. Seaport-related jobs in 2018 also provided for $1.4 trillion in personal income and local consumption. For every $1 billion in exports shipped through U.S. seaports, 15,000 jobs are created.

Seaports are vital economic engines. Cargo activities at U.S. seaports account for 26 percent of the U.S. economy, generating nearly $5.4 trillion in total economic activity and more than $378 billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2018.  

For more information on U.S. port economic impacts, click here