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University of Utah one of the state’s largest and most important economic assets, new study shows

April 30, 2020 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – As the University of Utah’s Class of 2020 prepares to participate in a “virtual” General Commencement today, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute released a new study that details the immense economic and societal footprint cast by the U in the state.

The study’s authors estimate the U’s direct employment of 39,300 jobs makes it the largest employer in the state. Further, they estimate the U directly and indirectly supports in Utah 83,100 jobs, $4.6 billion in earnings, and $6.3 billion in GDP. These impacts come at a time when University of Utah Health and other functions at the U provide critical support t