The Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said a new study shows cargo hauled on the Great Lakes in U.S.-flag vessels is responsible for more than 103,000 jobs in the United States that pay an average annual wage of $47,000.
The group noted the study found the value of economic output tied to those cargoes topped $20 billion in 2010. Federal, state and local taxes totaled more than $2.2 billion.
“The value of U.S.-flag Lakes shipping has never before been so well illustrated,” said James H.I. Weakley, president of the LCA, the trade association that represents 17 firms that operate 65 large U.S.-flag self-propelled vessels and tug/barge units that ply the Great Lakes.
“These facts and figures will help us fight for our fair share of federal dredging dollars, a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., renewal and expansion of the U.S. Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet, and other needs that will determine if those jobs stay and grow, or whither and go.”
The study, "The Economic Impacts of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System," was commissioned by the LCA in partnership with two governmental organizations, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. in Washington, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. in Ottawa, Canada. Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pa., performed the analysis.