For the most part, New Jerseyans don’t think of the state as a major military location. But they’d be wrong. The United States military is the second largest employer in the state with 45,631 people directly employed at military installations. These workers add $3.8 billion to the state’s gross domestic product. And that’s only the direct employees. A state task force estimates that the military contributes 27,603 indirect jobs and in total delivers $9.6 billion to the state GDP.
Most jobs are located at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – the only base in the country that houses all four branches of the military. The Joint Base employs 35,395 people. The Picatinny Arsenal, which develops new guns and ammunition for all branches of the military, employs 5,196. The Air (2,376), Army (1,641) and Coast Guard (728) have the bulk of the rest of the military workforce in the Garden State.