- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Forestry Commission estimates the impact of the forestry industry in South Carolina at almost $19 billion.

The updated figures were released at a conference of forestry officials in Columbia on Tuesday.

Tourism officials say the impact of the state’s tourism industry is about $18 billion.

The forestry figures indicate that the industry provides more than 90,000 jobs while providing those workers with $4.5 billion in income. The commission also said that forestry products are the top export commodity through the Port of Charleston amounting to about $1.5 billion a year.

Those at the meeting got an update on the damages from the 2014 ice storm in South Carolina while an economist discussed the national economic outlook.

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