Energy industry a big boost for state

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s extraction, refining and pipeline industries cumulatively supported 310,217 jobs in Louisiana, generated over $16.1 billion in household earnings for Louisianans and supported $77.3 billion in sales by Louisiana firms in 2009.

The numbers are found in a study, conducted by economist Loren Scott and released Monday by the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.

Findings also indicate Louisiana is the No. 1 producer of crude oil (including federal Outer Continental Shelf production), No. 2 among the states in petroleum refining capacity and the No. 3 producer of natural gas among the 50 states.

“These findings make a compelling case about the major role the extraction, refining and pipeline industries play in the state economy, particularly relative to jobs,” LMOGA President Chris John said in a news release. “On average, the job multiplier for these three industries is five. That is, for every job created in these sectors, four additional jobs are created through other sectors in the state. In today’s economy, the significance of that statistic is huge.”

Another measure of the industry’s impact on Louisiana is the value-added benefit. Value-added is a broader measure of the total income created directly in an industry. Scott’s report estimates the value added impact of the oil and gas extraction sector is $43 billion in total income. The refining sector’s value added in 2009 was $11.4 billion.

The extraction, refining and pipeline industries revenue make up a significant portion of state income, with nearly $1.4 billion in state taxes and fees in the 2010 fiscal year alone.

Through the $16.1 billion in household earnings generated by these three industries, state government indirectly was able to collect an additional $1.13 trillion in taxes in the 2010 fiscal year, for a total boost to the state treasury of $2.5 billion in the 2010 fiscal year.

A very conservative estimate is that these three industries directly paid $298 million in ad valorem taxes to local governments in the state in 2009.

Further, the $16.1 billion in household earnings generated by these three industries added approximately $707 million indirectly to the treasuries of local governments in during the 2010 fiscal year, for a total of just over $1 billion contributed to local government treasuries.

“Louisiana won the flip of the coin when it came to the geographical distribution of natural resources, and this data clearly demonstrates the development of these resources by industry have had staggering direct and indirect impacts across all parishes of the state,” Scott in the release.

According to Scott’s report, energy jobs and earnings were found in all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes in 2010. Further, there were 15 parishes with more than 1,000 workers employed in these three industries.

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