PA’s Creative Sector Gets 7% Bump in GDP as Compared to Last Three Years

Newly released numbers from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that the creative industry made a big difference to the U.S. GDP in 2022. The creative sector in Pennsylvania added more than $30 billion to the state’s economy, which is an increase of 6.8 percent from 2021. It created more than 175,000 full-time jobs and paid $14 billion. According to figures from the BEA, Pennsylvania has the seventh most creative sector jobs and the eighth most creative sector GDP in the country.

“Creative industries get help and money from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA),” said Susan S. Cohen, Chair of the PCA. “The BEA numbers show how important Pennsylvania’s creative sector is to the state’s economic growth and development. This, in turn, improves the life and vitality of a community for investors, residents, and visitors.”

The Arts and Cultural output Satellite Account (ACPSA) of the BEA keeps track of the annual economic value of arts and cultural output from 35 industries. These include for-profit and non-profit organizations. In 2022, the arts and culture industries in the U.S. added $1.1 trillion, or 4.3%, to the GDP and created nearly 5.2 million jobs. On the BEA website, you can find an info sheet for Pennsylvania. The BEA works with the NEA and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies to make a dynamic dashboard that can be used by each state.

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Through its funding opportunities, the PCA supports jobs, builds communities, encourages ongoing learning, and sparks new ideas, according to Karl Blischke, Executive Director of the PCA. As shown by the BEA data, this work is valuable in general. This is clear from the PCA’s investments in arts and culture production, creative placemaking, accessibility, capacity building, arts in education, and the growth and sustainability of creative small businesses and creative entrepreneurs.

The PCA gives hundreds of grants every year to creative groups and individuals across the Commonwealth. These grants support business operations like the Pittsburgh Glass Center and signature events that help local economies grow, like Musikfest in Bethlehem. The PCA also invests in arts-based community and economic development projects like the Butler Cultural District and helps talented individuals in the creative small business community.

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