Virginia has created around 63,650 shipbuilding jobs making it the highest of any state in the US, according to data compiled by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) and the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA).
The shipbuilding jobs generate more than $5.5bn into the state’s economy each year.
Additionally, the US shipyard industrial base in Virginia serves as a vital link to America’s national and economic security.
Senator Tim Kaine said that ensuring national security and a strong economy means providing budget certainty and stability for the shipbuilding and ship repair industry.
"From Newport News Shipbuilding to Norfolk Naval Shipyard and private shipyards across Virginia, the shipbuilding industry helps develop a highly skilled workforce, provides thousands of jobs, and benefits the Commonwealth’s economy," Kaine said.
Congressman Rob Wittman said Virginians who are skilled and trained in shipbuilding and repair an are important part of the Commonwealth’s history, and the nation’s future.
According to a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Transportation Institute, the domestic maritime industry in the US sustains more than 478,000 jobs, with an annual economic impact of $92.5bn.
The industry also accounts for around $29bn in annual wages and $10bn in tax revenue each year.
Shipbuilders Council of America president Matt Paxton said it is no surprise that Virginia leads the nation in US Shipbuilding because one in every 90 jobs in the state is directly related to the industry.
"Each of those jobs, in turn, supports nearly three other jobs. This robust shipyard workforce and industrial base, as well as the national security and economic benefits that this industry provides, are just a few of the reasons why the President, the Navy and every Congress and Administration in modern history has supported the Jones Act," Paxton said.