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Economic Impacts

The Port of Long Beach’s impacts on the local, regional and national economies are substantial. More than $100 billion worth of cargo moves through the Port every year, creating jobs, supporting retail and manufacturing businesses, and generating tax revenues.

The Port measures its economic impacts in five overlapping regions: The City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, the five-county Southern California region, the state of California and the entire United States.

In Long Beach:

  • Port operations support nearly 30,000 jobs, about one out of every eight jobs in the city.
  • Nearly $1.9 billion a year is spent in the city for Port industry services (services purchased primarily by foreign and domestic shippers and steamship companies).
  • More than $800 million a year is spent on wholesale distribution services in the city for goods imported through the Port.

In L.A. County:

  • Port operations support more than 230,000 jobs, about one out of every 24 jobs in the county.
  • Nearly $3.3 billion a year is spent in the county for port industry services.
  • Foreign consumers purchase about $5.1 billion annually in goods manufactured in the county before being shipped to the Port.
  • More than $9.3 billion a year is spent on wholesale distribution services in the county for goods imported through the Port.
  • Retailers in the county spend about $4.1 billion a year selling households goods and other finished products imported through the Port.

In the five-county region (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties):

  • The Port supports more than 315,000 jobs, about one of every 29 jobs.
  • The $14.3 billion in wages and salaries supported by port activity represents slightly more than 4 percent of all salaries and wages paid within the region.
  • More than $10 billion a year is spent on wholesale distribution services for goods imported through the Port.
  • Retailers spend about $7 billion a year selling household goods and other finished products imported through the Port.

In California:

  • Port operations support about 371,000 jobs.
  • Port operations generate about $5.6 billion a year in state and local tax revenues.

In the United States:

  • Port operations support about 1.4 million jobs.
  • About $4 billion a year is spent in the U.S. for port-industry services.
  • Foreign consumers purchase about $18 billion a year worth of American goods shipped through the Port.
  • More than $32 billion a year is spent on wholesale distribution services in the U.S. for goods imported through the Port.
  • Retailers in the country spend more than $25 billion each year selling household goods and other finished products imported through the Port.

For more detailed information on the Port of Long Beach's economic impacts, as well as the methodology used for calculating impact figures, please download the full Port of Long Beach Economic Impacts report. The report is available in PDF format through the link below.


Economic Impacts Report

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