Fort Jackson recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in June and is a staple in the Midlands community, but it also provides a major economic impact to South Carolina’s economy.
According to a new study released by the S.C. Military Base Task Force, Fort Jackson accounts for about 7,600 jobs in the area, both civilian and military, with a collective payroll of about $553 million, and brings in about $2 billion to the local economy.
“The fort also brings in revenue indirectly, with over 225,000 family and loved ones visiting military personnel each year. This has majorly impacted the business of local hotels, shops, restaurants, and so forth, and has helped shaped Columbia’s commercial success,” said Ryan Coleman, CED Director at the City of Columbia.
The military community generates 1 out of every 12 jobs in South Carolina, and collectively creates an annual economic impact of $24.1 billion in South Carolina.
“We’ve had companies that come and look at the Columbia area and they’re interested in hiring people out of the military because they know they’ve got leadership skills, good work force qualities, that they’re disciplined, reliable, and that they can do things such as show up to work on time and do the work that they need to do,” said Coleman. “That’s a very positive thing to have in the community when outsiders are looking in.”