Socioeconomic Impacts of the BLM

A Sound Investment for America

The BLM's management of public lands contributed more than $107 billion to the national economy and supported more than 446,000 American jobs in Fiscal Year 2013. Most of these jobs were related to energy, timber, grazing, and recreation, which are activities that fall under the BLM's multiple-use mission in managing public lands.  In the energy category, jobs included work in minerals, geothermal, wind, solar energy, coal, and oil and gas.


Jobs and Revenue: Click States for Data
Colorado: 28,260 jobs supported; $6.8 billion overall economic impact Wyoming: 95,599 jobs supported; $26.7 billion overall economic impact New Mexico: 58,034 jobs supported; $12.6 billion overall economic impact Kansas: 394 jobs supported; $74.5 million overall economic impact North Dakota: 6,328 jobs supported; $1.4 billion overall economic impact Oklahoma: 1,160 jobs supported; $253.2 million overall economic impact Texas: 1,269 jobs supported; $375.1 million overall economic impact Eastern States: 5,330 jobs supported; $1.1 billion overall economic impact South Dakota: 143 jobs supported; $22.4 million overall economic impact Nebraska: 179 jobs supported; $34.9 million overall economic impact Montana: 9,679 jobs supported; $1.5 billion overall economic impact Idaho: 7,266 jobs supported; $798 million overall economic impact Utah: 30,594 jobs supported; $6.1 billion overall economic impact Arizona: 4,855 jobs supported; $517.9 million overall economic impact Washington: 403 jobs supported; $53.3 million overall economic impact Oregon: 9,935 jobs supported; $1.3 billion overall economic impact Nevada: 5,009 jobs supported; $628.9 million overall economic impact California: 22,870 jobs supported; $4.9 billion overall economic impact Alaska: 1,084 jobs supported; $254.7 million overall economic impact

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SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACTS
Energy
Recreation
Timber
Grazing


Managing America's 
Greatest Assets

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public lands and raises more money each year for the American taxpayer from the use of these lands than it spends.  The BLM manages recreational activities, conserves much of our Nation's natural and cultural resources, improves habitat for many species of wildlife and plants, and administers 700 million acres of mineral estates.  The BLM does all this with a workforce of just 10,000 people.

BLM lands, primarily in the West, include rangelands, forests, high mountains, arctic tundra, and deserts.  These lands are among America's greatest assets—both economically and environmentally.  The BLM strives to balance economic benefits with the conservation of precious natural resources.