Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A study by Clemson University says the school generated $1.9 billion for South Carolina last year, and provided nearly 25,000 jobs.
The study was conducted by the Regional Economics Analysis Laboratory at the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson.
In the Midlands, the study says Clemson contributed $42.7 million last year to Lexington, Richland, Calhoun, Saluda, Fairfield and Kershaw counties.
Rob Carey, director of the Regional Economics Analysis Laboratory, says the study did not include the impact of nearly 60,000 Clemson alumni who live in the state. "This was a conservative economic impact study," Carey said. "It is limited to those economic factors that can be attributed directly to university activities."
In other findings, Clemson's Public Service activities contributed more than 1,800 jobs state-wide, generating $14.2 million in net revenue for South Carolina, and the school's Athletics programs have generated over 3,000 jobs and $16.9 million in net state revenue.
The analysis also includes economic impact on the Upstate from Clemson University's Conference Center and Inn, netting $1.14 million in revenue for the state.
Read the full report on the Clemson University newsstand website.