NAFSA economic value tool shows international students create jobs across the U.S.

Nearly 765,000 international students enrolled at U.S. institutions during the 2011-12 academic year. These students not only contributed $21.8 billion to the U.S. economy, but also supported almost 300,000 jobs across the U.S., according to data released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

The data are accessible via a new economic value tool on the NAFSA website, which provides an overview of ten-year trends as well as a breakdown of economic impact data according to region, state, and congressional district. The tool includes a new searchable data set, an interactive map, as well as new jobs data.

NAFSA’s new jobs data show that “for every seven enrolled students, three U.S. jobs are created or supported by spending in the following sectors: higher education, accommodation, dining, retail, transportation, telecommunications, and health insurance,” according to a NAFSA press release.

The economic value tool is available here.