DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A report released at a gathering of mayors in Dubuque finds that commerce along the Mississippi River generates more than $400 billion and supports 1.3 million jobs.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinated the report, which was released Wednesday at a gathering of more than two dozen mayors in Dubuque.READ MORE: 23 Minnesotans Sickened In Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Imported Onions
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.READ MORE: St. Paul School Holds 'Unity Day' To Push Back Against Bullying
The top three industries along the entire Mississippi were manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.
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