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South Carolina's Arts-Related Economic Cluster

The jobs, tax revenue, and spending by South Carolina's arts-related sector add $9.7 billion to the state's economy, according to a new economic impact study.


Dr. Doug Woodward, director of the Division of Research at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina analyzed 2014 data from the U.S. census and economic analysis bureaus and commerce department to compile the report, analyzing the S.C. economy associated with the arts, design, crafts and related activities. The results reveal that creative enterprise in the state engenders an impact of $9.7 billion.

The report also finds that the arts in South Carolina:

  • support 115,000 jobs
  • are responsible for $3.8 billion in labor income
  • generate $269 million in tax revenue


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