Louisiana Economic Impact

State of Louisiana:

Economic Impact of Military Assets

Louisiana is home to several military facilities and activities. 

Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB) directly contributes over 12,000 jobs and nearly $500 million in payroll (including payments to contract employees working on the base) to the economy. Estimated total spending at BAFB exceeded $711 million in FY12.

Fort Polk directly contributes over 16,000 jobs and nearly $600 million in payroll to the economy. Estimated total spending at Fort Polk exceeded $1.3 billion in FY12.

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans (Belle Chasse) is located in Plaquemines Parish. NAS JRB directly contributes over 6,300 jobs and over $330 million in spending to the economy.

US Coast Guard, 8th District, has multiple offices and operations in the region, including the 8th District headquarters in the New Orleans central business district, the Coast Guard Air Station at Belle Chasse, and the New Orleans sector office at Federal City in New Orleans. Coast Guard operations directly contribute over 1,700 jobs and $165 million in spending to the state economy, most of which occurs in the Southeast region.

Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) headquarters is located in Federal City in the Algiers district of New Orleans. MARFORRES employs nearly 3,000 active and reserve military, civilians and contractors, most of whom are in the southeast region, with annual expenditures of $156 million.

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR) occupies two office buildings in New Orleans near the University of New Orleans. SPAWAR and contributes over 750 jobs (including contractors) and $84 million in spending to the economy.

The Louisiana National Guard has facilities throughout the state and contributes $424 million in annual spending to the economy.

All figures are for FY12. Each of the eight Louisiana Economic Development (LED) regions in the state also benefit indirectly from spending at these military facilities and activities in Louisiana even if they are not home to one of these organizations.