Hurricane damage to the ocean economy in the U.S. gulf region in 2005: counties and parishes of the gulf coast ocean economy affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita saw the greatest insured dollar losses in 1 year from suchlike catastrophes in U.S. history; the region has yet to recover fully a year after the maelstrom.In 2005, insured losses from hurricanes and other catastrophes were greater than in any other year in U.S. history. NOAA'S National Hurricane Center estimates that $85 billion of total damages resulted from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita alone. One year later, the region affected by these two hurricanes still struggles to recover, both as a place to live and as a viable economy.
Using data from the BLS See Bureau of Labor Statistics. Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the National Ocean Economics Program has developed a data series that allows the economic damage to coastal regions to be seen in a new light: what happens to the economic value derived from the ocean when the ocean turns from resource and respite to a massive engine of destruction? (1)
According to Federal disaster declarations, Hurricane Katrina affected the entire States of Mississippi and Louisiana, plus 22 counties in Alabama The U.S. state of Alabama is comprised of sixty-seven counties. The oldest and newest counties in Alabama are Washington County (created June 4, 1800) and Houston County (created February 9, 1903), respectively. and 9 in Florida. Rita affected all of Louisiana, plus 26 counties in Texas. The greatest effects were in the counties (parishes in Louisiana <onlyinclude>The U.S. state of Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes in the same way that 48 of the other states of the United States are divided into counties (Alaska is divided into boroughs and census areas). ) closest to the coast, where the storm's effects were at their maximum intensity. Coastal counties and parishes include those designated as such by each State under the Federal Coastal Zone Management Program, as well as those designated as coastal watershed counties or parishes by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Virtually all of the coastal zone and watershed counties (2) or parishes of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, plus the coastal counties in Texas from Houston eastward, were affected by the two hurricanes. The coastal zone counties or parishes of the four States account for nearly a quarter of employment and wages in those States. In Louisiana, the coastal parishes are more than half of the State's economy. The combined coastal zone and watershed counties and parishes on the Gulf of Mexico Noun 1. Gulf of Mexico - an arm of the Atlantic to the south of the United States and to the east of Mexico
Golfo de Mexico
Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east constituted 14 percent of employment in Alabama, 4 percent in Mississippi, 6 percent in Florida, a considerably greater 33 percent in Texas, and fully 80 percent in Louisiana.
The ocean economy is defined as industries in marine construction, living resources (seafood processing and marketing, plus aquaculture), shipbuilding and boatbuilding, minerals (primarily oil and gas exploration and production), marine transportation and related goods and services In economics, economic output is divided into physical goods and intangible services. Consumption of goods and services is assumed to produce utility (unless the "good" is a "bad"). It is often used when referring to a Goods and Services Tax. , and, finally, tourism and recreation industries whose establishments are located close to the shore of the ocean or the Great Lakes.
In 2004, the ocean economy of the region encompassing Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, stretching from Franklin County, Florida Franklin County is a coastal county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population is 11,057. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 10,177 . Its county seat is Apalachicola, Florida6. , to Brazoria County, Texas Brazoria County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas located on the Gulf Coast within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. Its county seat is Angleton, and its largest city is Pearland. As of the 2000 U.S. , employed 291,830 people in wage and salary jobs paying nearly $7.7 billion in wages. (See table 1.) The affected States accounted for 13 percent of employment and wages in the U.S. ocean economy.
However, these gross figures mask a key fact about the region: it is the industrial heartland of the U.S. ocean economy. As the following tabulation shows, the region accounts for more than a third of U.S. employment in marine construction, more than a fifth of employment in fisheries (living resources), shipbuilding, and boatbuilding, and more than half of employment in the ocean-related component of oil and gas exploration and production:
Percent of U.S. ocean economy Employment Wages Construction 38.8 34.8 Living resources 20.2 13.7 Offshore oil and gas 51.1 49.3 Shipbuilding and boatbuilding 22.0 19.1 Tourism and recreation 10.6 8.9 Transportation 13.3 9.1
The region also accounts for a disproportionate share of marine transportation-related employment.
Chart 1 shows the counties and parishes bordering the Gulf of Mexico that were declared disaster areas as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The shading represents the portion of employment in each county that was accounted for by construction, living resources, minerals, shipbuilding and boathuilding, and transportation. The heaviest concentration of these industries extends from Jackson County, Mississippi Jackson County is a county located at the south tip of the U.S. state of Mississippi, along the state line with Alabama. It is included in the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 131,420. Its county seat is Pascagoula6. , to Cameron Parish, Louisiana Cameron Parish (French: Paroisse de Cameron) is the parish with the most land area in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Cameron and as of 2000, the population is 9,991. It is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area. . In these counties, the portions of the ocean industry other than tourism and recreation range from 3 percent to 27 percent of county employment.
The economic effects of these hurricanes have focused on discussions of the losses in New Orleans, perhaps the largest disaster effects on a major American city since the San Francisco earthquake San Francisco earthquake
disaster claiming many lives and most of city (1906). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 443–444]
See : Disaster a century ago. But the economy affected was significant to the nation not only because of the loss of the unique charms of the Crescent City. The affected region was the heart of the industrial sectors of the American ocean economy, and the recovery of these industries will be critical to both the region and the Nation.
(1) For information on the definitions of the ocean economy, visit www.oceaneconomies.org, the Web site of the National Ocean Economics Program.
(2) Coastal zone counties are those within a State's defined coastal zone management program. Watershed counties are defined by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Charles S. Colgan is a professor in the National Ocean Economics Program, Muskie mus·kie or mus·ky
n. pl. mus·kies
The muskellunge. School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a multi-campus public university and part of the University of Maine System. USM's three primary campuses are located in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. , Portland, Maine, and chief economist for Market Data for the National Ocean Economics Program; Jefferey Adkins is an economist and program manager with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal Services, Charleston, SC. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jeffery.Adkins@noaa.gov
Table 1. Employment and wages in ocean economy industries in the Gulf of Mexico region, 2004 2004 Sector and Industry Wages Employment (millions of dollars) Ocean economy, total 291,830 $7,694.8 Construction 12,094 548.1 Living resources 12,552 251.9 Fish hatcheries and aquaculture 1,653 37.7 Fishing 571 10.8 Seafood markets 1,686 32.0 Seafood processing 8,642 171.4 Minerals 15,105 1,077.0 Shipbuilding and boatbuilding 135,839 1,443.2 Boatbuilding and repair 3,567 125.5 Shipbuilding and repair 32,272 1,317.7 Tourism and recreation 178,404 2,716.7 Amusement and recreation services 4,150 74.9 Boat dealers 2,078 73.5 Eating and drinking places 131,985 1,718.6 Hotels and lodging places 34,870 725.5 Marinas 1,447 38.2 Recreational vehicles in parks and campsites 470 8.9 Scenic water tours 1,676 43.0 Sporting goods 106 2.9 Zoos and aquariums 1,622 31.1 Transportation 37,836 1,657.9 Deep-sea freight transportation 3,109 226.0 Marine passenger transportation 375 20.6 Marine transportation services 28,485 1,163.8 Search and navigation equipment 2,251 107.1 Warehousing 3,616 140.4