Industry supports over 110,00 direct jobs nationwide
WASHINGTON (NOV. 3)- Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced updated data on the U.S. shipbuilding boom and accompanying jobs numbers. The report, prepared by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD), found that the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry supports jobs in all 50 states with a total of more than 110,000 jobs nationwide and contributes $37.3 billion dollars to the national GDP.
Secretary Foxx made the announcement at the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus breakfast, which is co-chaired by Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) as part of a series that is co-sponsored by the SCA and the Navy League of the United States.
"The MARAD study showcases the important role the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry plays in both commercial and military sectors,
while also highlighting the critical support the shipyard industrial base provides to the nation's economic and national security. As an industry, we are extremely proud to support these good paying American jobs that are filled by some of the most highly skilled, world-class craftsmen from coast to coast. It is these craftsman who have served as a hallmark of our innovative industry since its inception and will continue to be as our industry grows and flourishes in the future," said Tom Godfrey, Chairman of the Shipbuilders Council of America and CEO of Colonna's Shipyard in Norfolk, Va.
The full study can be found HERE.
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