Interior’s economic impact on insular areas estimated at $1B

Fiscal year 2019 report estimates support for more than 25,000 jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of the Interior has released its fiscal year 2019 economic report highlighting that Interior activities in the insular areas resulted in $1 billion in economic output and supported 25,334 jobs during fiscal year 2019.

The report included activities covering recreation, grants and payments, and payroll to the insular areas administered primarily by the Office of Insular Affairs and, to a lesser extent, other Interior bureaus. This is the first year that Interior contributions to insular areas have been separately identified from U.S. national and state contributions.

“Under the leadership of the Secretary and the President, the overall impact of funding that was provided through the Office of Insular Affairs to the U.S. territories and the freely associated states was significant,” said assistant secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech. “The Trump Administration has been supportive of the insular areas, and it is extremely helpful to see the specific data and reporting in order to better realize the impact of the funding and support from Congress through OIA on the lives of individuals in the islands.”

Grant funding from the Office of Insular Affairs, the primary activity of the office, had a large impact on insular area employment supporting over 12,600 jobs.

Interior’s full fiscal year 2019 Economic Report as prepared by the Office of Policy, Management, and Budget is available at: Prior year economic reports may be found at (PR)

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