New data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows the massive impact outdoor recreation has on the Mountain West’s economy.
Nationally, outdoor recreation created $862 billion in gross economic output last year, accounting for $454 billion in GDP and 4.5 million jobs. Included in those numbers are activities like biking and boating, but also equipment manufacturing, entertainment and construction.
Overall, the industry contributes more to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product than agriculture, mining or computer manufacturing. Plus, it’s a sector that grew at triple the rate of the general economy. Jobs in outdoor recreation far outpaced general hiring last year.