AUGUSTA — A new report on the economic impact of the state’s newspaper industry says annual sales of Maine newspapers are equal to the value of Maine’s potato crop.

The report released today by the Maine Press Association and the Maine Daily Newspaper Publishers Association says newspaper sales last year totaled $154 million.

According to the report, Maine newspapers in 2010 employed 1,766 people while paying out wages and benefits totaling $71.3 million. Newspapers last year invested $7 million in new buildings, vehicles and equipment and paid about $7.5 million in state and local taxes.