The Bottom Line: The Government Shutdown & Cape Hatteras Nat'l Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore was one of dozens of national parks that experience a decline of more than $2 million in visitor spending in October 2013, when the government was shutdown.

A new report was released Monday.

The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local economies across the country.

The report shows Cape Hatteras National Seashore showed a $2.4 million decline from Octobers in 2010-2012 compared to October 2013.

The report released Monday said five states, including California and Arizona, lost more than $20 million during the 16-day shutdown.

Six states received permission to reopen national parks within their borders using state money. The report said those states generated nearly $10 in visitor spending for every dollar spent. Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota and Tennessee all reopened parks.

A bill is pending in Congress to reimburse those states.

Click the related link to read the full report.

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