EVERETT — The Port of Everett had a major impact on the region’s economy in 2008, creating about 12,200 direct jobs, providing $1 billion in direct wages and salaries and paying $246 million in state and local taxes, according to a new study.
The study, conducted by Martin Associates of Pennsylvania, looked at local and regional economic impacts generated by the port’s marine cargo, marina activity and the restaurants, hotels and manufacturers that are its waterfront tenants.
“It’s evident that trade is a key part of America’s economy,” said John Mohr, the port’s executive director. “It boosts jobs, keeps goods affordable and, in the case of the Port of Everett, provides a great array of recreational amenities for its community.”
Most of the direct jobs are related to the cargo and the vessels that carry it through the port. The traffic creates a variety of jobs, including the government agents who inspect the cargo, the people who operate the vessels and vehicles that transport it, and the longshoremen and others who handle it.
Cargo and property at the port created 12,121 direct jobs last year.
Total earnings for the port-related jobs were estimated at $1 billion last year, or an average annual salary of $82,300.
In addition to jobs, the maritime activity generated by the port also created sales estimated at $560.5 million last year, according to the report.
At the marina, activities created a total of 156 jobs, creating $6.6 million in direct wages and salaries and $40.3 million in local purchases.
According to the study, 80 percent of the jobs created by the port stay within Snohomish County, and 40 percent are within the Everett city limits.