The Outdoor Industry Association recently released its latest economic study on the value of outdoor recreation to the nation’s economy. The numbers are staggering: $887 billion in consumer spending; 7.6 million in American jobs; $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue; $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue. No one can say that we don’t all benefit from having fun outdoors.
One statistic in the study caught our eye and made us laugh. More American jobs depend on recreational off-roading and recreational motorcycling (867,000 jobs) than there are lawyers in the U. S. (779,000 jobs).