Great Lakes-Seaway shipping drives economic growth, supporting 227,000 jobs in the United States and Canada. These jobs include those directly employed in the maritime industry, such as longshoremen, warehousemen, seafarers, vessel agents, terminal operators, truck drivers, and lock operators. It also supports jobs in each community through the local and regional purchases made by industry workers and companies.
Maritime activity sustains the economic well-being of communities throughout the Great Lakes region. More than $14 billion in wages are paid each year to maritime related workers, with an average annual salary of $47,000 for those employed directly in the industry. Maritime-supported economic activity generates approximately $34 billion in annual business revenue and $4.6 billion in federal, state/provincial, and local taxes.