An Economic Engine
Released: 2011


Authored by noted economist Everett Ehrlich, Ph.D., this report examines the output and employment effects of 2010 NIH extramural research funding and funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 by state, calculating the number of jobs supported in each state by NIH funding.


  • In 2010 NIH directly and indirectly supported nearly 485,000 jobs and produced $69 billion in new economic activity.
  • NIH funding generated the greatest number of jobs in California (71,633), Massachusetts (34,065), New York (33,610), Texas (31,001) and Pennsylvania (28,091) and also supported more than 10,000 jobs in each of the following states: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington.