More than 1,300 Jobseekers Attend Midlands Job Fair

DSCN2100Shanice Cunningham and Tyrell Lewis are both new to the job search process. In fact, Tuesday’s Midlands Job Fair at the Bluff Road National Guard Armory was the first event of this type for both jobseekers.

“I have one year left before getting my HVAC certificate from Fortis College, and I’m just trying to get some related experience under my belt before graduating,” Lewis said.

Cunningham, who is currently employed, is looking for a new opportunity in the customer service industry.

And with more than 62 employers with open positions, there were plenty of opportunities to go around.

“I came out today for Aflac, Allsouth and TD Bank,” Cunningham said.

Each company the two spoke to provided a good bit of information about their hiring process and also took time to hear from each of jobseeker about their qualifications.

“I spoke with every employer I came here to see, and I definitely feel more hopeful than when I came in,” added Lewis.

DSCN2107Columbia Fire Department was among the employers taking applications.

“We’re trying to fill between 20 and 25 probationary fire fighter positions by December,” said Captain James Bostic.

Less than two hours into the event, more than 50 jobseekers had filled out applications for the openings.

“We often partner with SC Works to get involved in events like this,” he explained. “The turnout is always great.”

The starting salary for probationary fire fighters is $31,000 and you begin getting paid immediately upon hire.

“We test in November, hire in December and the recruitment class starts in January, so it’s a fairly fast process,” said Captain Bostic.

Visit for more information on how to apply.

DSCN2110Gary Brazell is at a different stage in his job search process. Having been unemployed for about four months and with more than 15 years of commercial driving experience under his belt, he is looking for a fresh start and a new career.

“I walked into the SC Works center downtown not knowing if anyone could help me because I’m not on unemployment benefits,” he explained, “but soon enough I was sitting down with a case manager and told about several options for a new career path.”

Brazell is in the beginning stages of Workforce Investment Act Program and has already met with Midlands Technical College about his prospective career path.

“The next step is to pass the WorkKeys test and then hopefully enroll in an Information Technology program,” he explained.

But at yesterday’s job fair, he was looking for just about anything to fill the gap of employment until he updated his skill sets.

“Even before I was a driver, I had a lot of experience in various industries, but employers nowadays want you to be up-to-date and have that recent experience,” he said.

“I’m just getting started here, but I’m hopeful about the opportunities available to me.”

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South Carolina’s Employment Situation: September 2014

 Unemployment Rate Increases for Third Consecutive Month

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 6.6 percent in September from a revised August level of 6.3 percent. The number of unemployed persons was 144,388, an increase of 6,437 over the month. The number of South Carolinians working ticked up by 2,527 people to 2,038,393. Over the month, the labor force increased by 8,964 people to a level of 2,182,781.

Since September 2013, 21,259 people have found work, and the labor force has increased by nearly 6,640 people. The state’s unemployment rate has declined by 0.7 percentage points since September 2013.

Nationally, the unemployment rate decreased to 5.9 percent in September from 6.1 percent in August.

 Nonagricultural Employment by Industry (Seasonally Adjusted)

Seasonally adjusted, non-farm payrolls in September increased 13,000 to a level of 1,946,200.

  • Leisure and Hospitality (+3,700) and Professional and Business Services (+2,900) had the largest gains.
  • Construction (+1,800); Manufacturing (+1,400); Government (+1,400); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+1,100); Financial Activities (+400); and Education and Health Services (+300) also posted increases.

Since September 2013, seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs were up 43,200.

  • The largest jumps were in Leisure and Hospitality (+11,800); Professional and Business Services (+10,200); Manufacturing (+7,600); Education and Health Services (+6,200); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+5,600); Construction (+3,200); and Government (+1,000).
  • Declines over the year were in Other Services (-900); Financial Activities (-700); and Information (-700).

Nonagricultural Employment by Industry (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The not-seasonally adjusted, non-farm payroll employment total in September increased 18,600 over the month to 1,949,000. Historically, employment has experienced growth during September as schools gear up for the semester.

The rise in employment was due to increases in Government (+21,200); Education and Health Services (+3,000); Professional and Business Services (+2,000); Manufacturing (+1,200); and Construction (+200). Industries reporting decreases were Leisure and Hospitality (-5,900); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-2,100); Other Services (-500); Information (-400); and Financial Activities (-100).

Since September 2013, not-seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs were up 37,800 overall. Strong annual gains came from Professional and Business Services (+10,800); Leisure and Hospitality (+8,300); Manufacturing (+7,600); Education and Health Services (+6,200); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+4,200); Government (+2,200); and Construction (+1,600). Notable drops over the year were reported in Other Services (-1,500); Financial Activities (-900); and Information (-600).

 *Seasonally Adjusted: Seasonal adjustment removes the effects of events that follow a more or less regular pattern each year (i.e. tourist-related hiring and school closings in the summer). These adjustments make it easier to observe the cyclical and other nonseasonal movements in data over time.

 *Not Seasonally Adjusted: Effects of regular or seasonal patterns have not been removed from these data. 

DEW Leads Way in Nation to Help Prevent Fraud Through Real-time Jail, Unemployment Data Cross Match

As the first workforce agency in the nation to implement a real-time comparison of jail records to unemployment data, the SC Department of Employment and Workforce has realized thousands in cost savings by preventing improper claims from being paid.

The agency recently joined forces with Appriss, a data technology solutions company that works to prevent fraud, fight crime and promote public safety. The company developed one of the nation’s first automated victim information and notification systems using jail and booking records.

The partnership enables DEW to cross-match via a web-based system Appriss’ real-time record of individuals being held in local, county and state jails throughout the country with information in the agency’s unemployment benefits system. State law says a claimant must be able, available and actively seeking work to be eligible for benefits. In the project’s first two months, the agency has stopped almost 70 claims with a cost savings of $15,000, and flagged another 196 claims resulting in a savings of $45,000.

“We are extremely proud that South Carolina is once again leading the way in fraud detection and prevention, this time by comparing unemployment claimants’ information with local and state jail system records across the country,” said DEW Executive Director Cheryl M. Stanton. “This partnership provides yet another aggressive tool in our already robust program to stop unemployment fraud.”

DEW currently cross-matches unemployment data with S.C. Department of Corrections records, but the Appriss partnership expands the detection scope because it provides up-to-the-minute incarceration records from 38 states including S.C. county jails.

For more information on reporting and preventing unemployment fraud, visit

Hiring Events for DSS Human Services Specialist II Positions

Hiring events for S.C. Department of Social Services human services II positions will be held Oct. 30 at four SC Works centers across the state.

DSS and S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce representatives will be available to answer questions about the positions and the application process.

To see a position description, visit and enter the key word “human services specialist II.”

The hiring events will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the following locations:


  • Florence SC Works Center
    1558 West Evans St., Florence, SC 29501
    Phone: 843.669.4271
  •  Charleston SC Works Center
    1930 Hanahan Road, Suite 200, North Charleston, SC 29406
    Phone: 843.574.1800
  •  Midlands SC Works Center
    700 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201
    Phone: 803.737.5627
  •  Greenville/McAlister Square SC Works Center
    225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Suite E-1, Greenville, SC 29607
    Phone: 864.467.8080

Midlands, Pee Dee and Lower Savannah Job Fairs Set for Next Week

If you are looking for work in the Midlands, Pee Dee or Lower Savannah (Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties) areas, next week could be your big break.

Midlands jobseekers should not miss out on the October 21 job fair from 9 a.m. to noon at the National Guard Armory located at 1255 Bluff Road in Columbia. Approximately 60 employers have already registered to attend. Check out the list of attendees below.

1021 JFEmployersePee Dee jobseekers will be able to meet more than 30 employers at the October 22 job fair at the SC Army National Guard located at 700 14th St. in Hartsville.Veterans and those who complete a free job fair preparation workshop at an SC Works center this week  will gain early admission to the event.  It will open to veterans and workshop attendees at 10 a.m., the general public at 11:00 a.m. and will last until 2 p.m.

The following employers have signed up to participate in the job fair: Volt Workforce Solutions, Papa Johns, the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, Agape Hospice, Galey & Lord, Carolinas Hospital System, TransAmerica Agency, the  S.C. Department of Public Safety, North Industrial Machine, Palmetto Staffing Solutions, the S.C. Department of Corrections, PPM, Nightingales Nursing & Attendants, Home Depot, Nucor Steel, Monster, Noble Resources, the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Lowes, Time Warner Cable, Tender Care Home Healthcare, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Southeast Frozen Foods, ArborOne Farm Credit, Verizon Wireless, Youth Academy Charter School, McCall Farms, Schaeffler Group-INA, GE Medical Systems, City of Florence, and Performance Foodservice.

Free preparation workshops are:

  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Hartsville SC Works Center, 1319 S. Fourth St., Hartsville.
  • 9 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Marion SC Works Center, 2413 East Hwy 76
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15 and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Florence SC Works Center, 1558 West Evans St., Florence.
  • 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. at the Bennettsville SC Works Center, 460 Highway 9 West, Bennettsville.


The Southern Carolina Regional Job Fair will host more than 20 employers as they seek to hire qualified candidates in the Lower Savannah area. They represent a variety of retail and healthcare industries as well as call centers from Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale and Aiken counties. This event will be held October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southern Carolina Business Center located at 1750 Jackson St. in Barnwell.

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Looking for a Job Near the Coast?

The Medical University of South Carolina, Harris Teeter, Boeing and Dollar General Corporation top the lists of employers posting jobs along the Palmetto State’s coast and in the Pee Dee.

The below charts show which employers are posting the most jobs, and they are organized by local workforce investment region.

See who’s hiring in the Midlands in this previous article. Looking for a job in the Upstate? Read this post.

To find a job near you, visit  and enter your zip code and a key word.

The Waccamaw region (below) includes Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties.


The Trident area includes Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties:


The Lowcountry area includes Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties.


The Pee Dee includes Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield, Dillion, Marlboro and Marion counties.



Who’s Hiring in the Upstate?

Greenville Health System, Clemson University, Bon Secours Health System and Dollar General Corporation top the lists of employers with the most job openings in the Upstate.

Below, are the employers with the most openings organized by local workforce investment area as of Oct. 9.

To start your personalized job search, visit Enter your zip code and key words such as “machinist” or “nurse” to find openings that fit your interests.

Below is the list for Greenville County:

Gville1014Upper Savannah includes Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick and Saluda counties:


The Upstate region includes Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties:


The Worklink area includes Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties:


Who’s Hiring in the Midlands, Orangeburg and Rock Hill?

Healthcare and retail organizations top the list of employers hiring in the Midlands, Orangeburg and Rock Hill regions of South Carolina.

According to data from, Palmetto Health has 425 openings in the Midlands, and Dollar General Corporation has more than 100 openings each in the Midlands, Orangeburg and Aiken areas and the Rock Hill region.

Check out the below listings of the top 25 employers with openings by local workforce investment area. Visit this site tomorrow and Sunday for details about openings in the Upstate and along the coast.

To find a job in your area, visit  and search by zip code and key word.

The Midlands region includes Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties:


Lower Savannah includes Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties:


Santee Lynches includes Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties:


Catawba includes Chester, Lancaster and York counties:


National #ManufacturingDay

Today is the third annual National Manufacturing Day, an observance to bring attention to the industry and how it contributes to the economy. The day is all about expanding knowledge to people about manufacturing and the many careers available in the industry.

Growth in the manufacturing industry is creating jobs in South Carolina.  In fact, in the past year the Palmetto State has seen manufacturing jobs increase by 6,800. Working in today’s advanced manufacturing industry requires knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM.

In order to maintain and increase the level of growth in the manufacturing industry in South Carolina, the supply of individuals with the skills and knowledge to do the jobs has to meet the demand for the jobs.

Take a look at the current snap shot of supply and demand.



Whether short or long-term, both the Math and Information Technology pathways are expected to have a shortage of skilled workers.

The numbers also show that in the short term there is a need for engineers and in the long term a need for health science professionals.

In addition to availability and demand, manufacturing jobs have overall higher wages. Higher wages mean a better life for you and economic prosperity for the state as a whole.

So when planning your future, think STEM.

USA Today Explores Where the Jobs Are

In the next three years, an estimated 2.5 million new middle-skill jobs are predicted to be added in the United States making up almost 40 percent of all job growth.

The increase of these “new blue collar” jobs is the major finding in an analysis published this week by USA Today in partnership with Economic Modeling Specialists and CareerBuilider.


What exactly is “middle skill?” These jobs require less than a bachelor’s degree but call for some post-secondary training.

Check out this interactive graphic to find jobs with high growth in your metropolitan area. The database includes Columbia, Charleston-North Charleston and Greenville-Mauldin-Easley.

For a look at middle skills jobs with high growth and good wages across South Carolina, check out this S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce publication.

The Palmetto State also received recognition in the USA Today report for its Apprenticeship Carolina program that has trained 10,368 apprentices for 678 companies in the past seven years.