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Economic Impact

The Port of Los Angeles: An Economic Powerhouse

The Port of Los Angeles is one of the world's largest trade gateways and the scope of its economic contributions to the regional economy is far-reaching. The Port is connected directly and indirectly with tens of billions of dollars in industry sales each year in the Southern California region. Those sales translate into hundreds of thousands of local jobs and billions of dollars in wages, salaries, and state and local taxes.

Regional Port of Los Angeles benefits include:

  • 1.1 million jobs in California
  • 3.3 million jobs in the United States
  • $89.2 billion in California trade value
  • $223 billion in U.S. trade value
  • $5.1 billion in state tax revenue
  • $21.5 billion in federal tax revenue
  • Approximately 70% of the regional direct, indirect and induced benefits connected to the Port occurs within Los Angeles County.

The Port contributes substantially to the economy, in part, through the following activities:

Port Industries

Port industries are businesses involved in the moving and handling of maritime cargo.

  • Dollars: For every dollar spent by port industries - another 97 cents is generated in indirect and induced sales in the region.
  • Jobs: Accounts for approximately 16,360 direct port industry jobs (85% of which are trucking and warehousing jobs).

Port Users

The biggest contributors to the economy, port users, are businesses that use the Port to receive imports or ship exports. Export manufacturers are major port users. Other port users include local manufacturers who process imported unfinished goods.

  • Dollars: Port users generate approximately $12.1 billion and stimulate an additional $5.5 billion in local industry indirect sales. Local "re-spending" by workers employed by port users and the industries they impact amount to approximately $4.1 billion. Each dollar of spending for port user goods and services produces about 79 cents of additional industry sales in the region.

Port Customers

Port customers are the retail and other non-cargo businesses in the Port. They are most important to communities near the Port as a source of jobs, recreation and specialty consumer goods.

  • Dollars: Port customers contribute about $760 million to the local economy.
  • Jobs: Direct jobs associated with port customers numbered about 6,400 or roughly half of the jobs actually located in the Port. For every one of these port customer jobs, nearly 1.7 additional jobs are created elsewhere in the region.
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