The Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) measures the economic activity as well as the sales or receipts generated by outdoor recreational activities, such as fishing and RVing. These statistics also measure each industry’s production of outdoor goods and services and its contribution to U.S. GDP. Industry breakdowns of outdoor employment and compensation are also included. Click here to learn more about BEA special accounts.
ORSA is the result of the “Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016.” Originally sponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the act directed the U.S. Department of Commerce to “enter into a joint memorandum with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior to conduct, acting through the Bureau of Economic Analysis, to assess and analyze the outdoor recreation economy of the United States and the effects attributable to it on the overall U.S. economy.” ORSA was primarily funded by the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce. Learn more about the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act here.
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) welcomed the final report on the first-ever government statistics recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant contributor to the U.S. economy.
The report, federally funded by the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce, was released today by Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The new measurement – called the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) – would not have been possible without steadfast leadership from U.S. Senators Corey Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). It finds that the outdoor recreation industry had a U.S. GDP contribution of 2.2 percent and annual gross economic output of $734 billion in 2016 (the last available year of data). This economic contribution level is greater than other key economic sectors, including the mining, utilities and chemical products manufacturing industries. In addition, with 4.5 million jobs, the outdoor recreation sector generates similar employment as other major job creators in the United States, including hospitals, transportation and warehousing, and educational services.
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