NH’s outdoor recreation industry created $2.2 billion in business last year, employing more than 26,500 | Business

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CONCORD — The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released numbers this week showing that New Hampshire’s outdoor recreation economy ranks among the top 10 countries with the highest value added to the state’s gross domestic product. .

The Granite State’s $2.2 billion outdoor recreation industry employed more than 26,500 people and accounted for 2.6% of the state’s gross domestic product in 2020.

The report includes non-traditional outdoor sectors such as amusement parks, water parks and festivals, which have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. However, conventional outdoor activities like camping, boating, fishing, and RVing have increased or stayed the same.

Several New Hampshire outdoor sectors showed growth in 2020:

• Boating/fishing — 41%.

• Cycling — 14%.

• OHRVing — 5%.

“Despite the global pandemic, New Hampshire’s outdoor recreation employers were still important drivers of the state’s economy last year,” said BEA Commissioner Taylor Caswell. “People in and out of state have been drawn to New Hampshire’s beauty, natural resources, and outdoor activities during COVID-19, especially in individual and small-scale sports. groups such as skiing, boating and cycling.”

The 2020 statistics include measures of value added by outdoor recreation activity and measures of value added employment and compensation by industry for the U.S. outdoor recreation economy in as a whole and for each state and the District of Columbia. The statistics also include data on gross production, essentially sales or receipts, by outdoor recreational activity and by industry at the national level.

“Worthy of note is the productive output from the RV, boating and bicycle segments, which likely herald 2021 numbers. Going forward, New Hampshire’s outdoor industry is mobilized and well positioned to enhance its meaningful impact through workforce initiatives, community building and making the outdoors accessible and welcoming to all,” said Tyler Ray, of industry group Granite Outdoor Alliance.

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