That was the estimated total economic contribution (revenue) for the U.S. Green Industry in 2007. Landscaping services contributed $86.6 billion. That was the largest of the 17 industry categories in the report.
The Southern Cooperative Series shared these number, along with other eye-opening statistics, in its digital publication, "Economic Contributions of the Green Industry in the United States, 2007." The report became available May 12.
Here are some numbers gathered from the 61-page report:
— The Green Industry employed almost two million full- and part-time workers in '07 with approximately half employed in landscaping services.
— Labor earnings in the Industry exceeded $53 billion with landscaping services again the largest segment handing out $28 in paychecks.
— California led the nation in Industry output contributions at about $25 billion. It was followed by Florida at $15 billion, Illinois 8.2 billion and Ohio approximately $7 billion.
— The Green Industry represented 0.76% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2007.
The report makes great bathroom reading. To download a pdf of the report click here.