Your love of the SC outdoors is helping the state's economy! January 29, 2018
Photo by Thia Beniash: Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant
Thank you for your participation in outdoor activities! Because of your love for fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, boating, coastal tourism, and forestry, YOU have helped contribute more than 218,719 jobs and $33.4 billion to South Carolina’s economy!
The total economic contribution of freshwater fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing to South Carolina is $2.74 billion and 31,958 jobs. Throw in saltwater fishing and the total effect is increased by $329 million!
Through your purchases of licenses, gear such as outdoor apparel, footwear, and firearms, outdoor vehicles like ATVs, and money spent on lodging, airfare, and even souvenirs, you are making the Palmetto State boom with jobs, revenue, and outdoor adventures for all!
- Commercial fishery industry: 840 jobs and $42 million to the economy
- Boat industry: 5,401 jobs and $999 million to the economy
- Forestry industry: 75,222 jobs and $19.4 billion to the economy
- The collective economic contribution of South Carolina’s natural resource-based sectors has grown by 15% throughout the last seven years. Today, the natural resource-based sectors annually contribute $33.4 billion dollars and 218,719 jobs to state economy.
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