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      Report shows nearly 3,000 jobs supported by Michigan parks

      A new report by the National Park Service shows that 2,819 jobs in Michigan are supported by visitors to Michigan parks.

      The report released Monday indicated that 2,192,477 visitors to Michigan's state parks contributed over $181 million to the state. The report's numbers come from 2012, showing almost 3,000 jobs supported throughout the state.

      "The national parks of Michigan attract visitors from across the country and around the world and provide premiere historical, cultural, natural, and recreational experiences," said NPS Midwest Regional Director Michael T. Reynolds.

      Michigan's national parks include Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, River Raisin National Battlefield Park, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

      The visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists. Visitor spending supported jobs primarily in the restaurant, grocery and convenience store industries. Second on that list rated hotels, followed by amusement and recreation jobs.

      The full report can be found on the National Park Service website here.