Military adds 45,000 jobs, $13.7 billion in Mass.

Wednesday June 27, 2012

BOSTON -- A new report on Massachusetts’ six military in stallations has found that the bases support more than 45,000 jobs and add over $13.7 billion to the state’s economy each year.

Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and members of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force on Tuesday announced the preliminary findings of the report conducted by the University of Mas sachusetts’ Donahue Institute.

The announcement came just one day after the institute, in conjunction with the Defense Tech nology Initiative, released a re port outlining the economic im pacts of federal defense and homeland security contracts on New England’s economy in 2011. That study found that such contracts added $33.9 billion to the region’s economy last year -- an 85 percent increase from eight years ago

Martin Romitti of the Dona hue Institute said when combined, the two studies create a "more comprehensive picture of what the de fense industry and the jobs associated with that really are."

He said the Massachusetts stu dy created, for the first time, a comparative look at each of the state’s six military installations: Westover Air Reserve Base in Chi copee, Barnes Air National Guard in Westfield, the U.S. Army’s Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Fort Devens, Hans com Air Force Base and the Mas sa chusetts Military Reserve on Cape Cod.

This study found that in fiscal year 2011, the six installations em ployed 14,500 full and part-time active reserve and guard military and civilian personnel. More than 30,000 Massachu setts jobs are also supported through spending at the bases.

Hanscom Air Force Base, the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Cen ter, had the largest economic impact of all the Massachusetts bases, contributing more than $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2011 through operational and procurement activities.

Total spending for the six installations, including payroll, contracts and research and development, reached $9.1 billion during the 2011 fiscal year, with an additional $4.6 billion coming from indirect and in duced economic activity in the state-- a total of over $13.7 billion.


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