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MISSISSIPPI GENERATES $400 BILLION, SUPPORTS 1.3 MILLION JOBS

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released a report at a gathering of mayors in Dubuque that finds commerce along the Mississippi River generates more than $400 billion and supports 1.3 million jobs. The report found that the upper Mississippi River area, comprised of parts of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, generates $253 billion annually and supports 755,000 jobs. The total figure was devised by combining the upper river report with a report on the lower river released last year. The top three industries along the Mississippi were manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.

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