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JHU IS NO. 1 IN PAYROLL University, affiliates employ 27,000

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Johns Hopkins University is the biggest private employer in Maryland, and either directly or indirectly accounts for one in every 29 jobs in the state, a study commissioned by the university has found.

Hopkins and its affiliates employ 27,000 Marylanders -- far more than second-place Giant Food Inc. which has 18,100 employees -- according to a study released yesterday by the Silver Spring-based consulting firm Hammer, Siler, George Associates.

Hopkins also spent about $1 billion on salaries and other expenses in 1990 -- nearly 1 percent of the state's entire economy -- according to Hammer, a firm that specializes in economic impact reports.

And once the effect of Hopkins-sponsored construction, its visitors and other ripple effects were counted, Hopkins accounted for $3.3 billion of Maryland's $103.5 billion economy in 1990, the six-month study found.

The study noted that Hopkins, which employs three Nobel laureates, attracts more federal research money than any other university, and more than twice as much as second-place Massachusetts Institute of Technology's $300 million-a-year level.

The university alone, which has 13,800 employees, would have been the state's third-largest employer, the Hammer study found.

An additional 13,200 people are employed by organizations affiliated with the university, such as its hospitals.

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