Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Port Place for Cargo, Cruises - and Careers; A Study Shows Tens of Thousands of Jobs Grow from Port-Related Work

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Port Place for Cargo, Cruises - and Careers; A Study Shows Tens of Thousands of Jobs Grow from Port-Related Work

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Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN

The shipment of cargo and cruises through Jacksonville's port spurred a large increase in jobs between 2004 and 2008, according to a report released Thursday.

The study, commissioned by the Jacksonville Port Authority, determined that about 23,000 jobs were dependent on the existence of businesses operating at the port in 2008. That figure includes people employed by companies at the port, the regional jobs that are created as a result of those workers spending their paychecks, and the jobs that result from companies providing services to businesses at the port.

The number of those jobs is a 35 percent increase over 2004.

The report also calculated the port's activities resulted in another 43,000 jobs at businesses related to what happens at the port in the fields of manufacturing, retail, wholesale and distribution. The number of those jobs related to the port increased by 51 percent over the four-year period.

The analysis was done by Martin Associates, a research firm that does similar studies for ports around the nation. …

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