Pilot program helping the homeless find jobs

In December, DEW and Transitions, a Columbia-based organization that transitions people from homelessness into permanent housing, completed a pilot program to assist those who are homeless develop skills needed to land a job.

About 55 people started the six-week Back to Work program in October and 19 finished it. Another four people were offered jobs before the program ended. Of those 19, nine have found work, and the others are being assisted one on one by DEW staff with finding jobs and with development of soft skills that are needed for them to be successful on the job.

Craig Curry, Transition’s CEO, said a lot of the people he sees coming through Transitions have been “lost in the shuffle” and didn’t get the attention they needed earlier in life.

The Rev. Robert Walker, pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church, offered classroom for the program. The program was led by Patrick Thomas, DEW’s regional manager of the Midlands, and his staff.

The Back to Work program teaches participants practical skills, and it includes training for enhancing self-esteem and motivational skills. Lasting six weeks, the program begins with a “boot camp” designed to implement immediate positive change.

Session Highlights Include:

  • Assessment of skills, abilities and work potential as well as job coach assignments.
  • Resume templates to be sequentially completed section-by-section over the course of the program.
  • Basic or advanced computer skills course or depending on skill level.
  • Navigating employment websites and review of resources needed for employment, such as references and interview clothing.
  • Expectations, social skills and behavioral styles for the job search process as well as employment.
  • Exploration of careers and job types, as well as discussion of realistic expectations for employment.
  • Overview of Federal Bonding Program.

The program was capped with a graduation ceremony and a hiring event.

Curry said he was excited to have the hiring event following the program and feels that is the main reason people stuck with the program for the entire six weeks.

“If only a handful of people get jobs, this program will be a success,” Curry said.

Tax Season Tips for Job Seekers

April 15 is almost here. But before you push the button or drop your income tax paperwork in the mail, consider these tips if you’ve been unemployed or conducted a job search in the past year.

moneycalendarUnemployment compensation is taxable income, according to the Internal Revenue Service. If you received benefits through the SC Department of Employment and Workforce in 2014, you should have received a 1099-G via your MyBenefits portal account.

If you have trouble accessing or downloading your 1099-G, check out this step-by-step guide.

Don’t forget; you can also deduct certain expenses associated with your job search. The search must be for employment in your current field, and you cannot deduct if there was a substantial break in time from the end of your last job and the start of your search.

Below are some allowable deductions outlined in IRS Publication 529:

  • Employment and outplacement agency fees.
  • Expenses for preparing and mailing resumes to prospective employers.
  • Travel and transportation expenses associated with your job search.

Find Open Jobs in S.C.’s Fastest Growing Cities

You may have already heard that the Palmetto State is home to three of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, according to the U.S. Census.

Congratulations to Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach (second behind The Villages in Florida), Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort (13th overall) and Charleston-North Charleston (17th overall).

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Maybe it’s all that salt air attracting new arrivals to South Carolina’s breathtaking coast. If you’re thinking about following the crowd and relocating to one of these hot spots, check out jobs.scworks.org to find a job in the area. Just enter the zip code and a keyword to find available jobs.

To give you a jumpstart, we’ve pulled the top 25 companies posting the most job openings in each of these areas. Check them out below.

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach:

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Hilton Head Island-Bluffon-Beaufort (Beaufort County) :

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Charleston-North Charleston:

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To get up-to-the minute details on hiring events in these and other areas throughout South Carolina, follow @scworksinfo on Twitter.

 

 

Georgetown SC Works Connects Woman With Supportive Work Environment

sandra Amann_successstorySandra Amann had a complicated medical history. With physical limitations and some impaired memory issues, she had not worked since 2010 and had difficulty looking for work.

She contacted the Georgetown SC Works office in search of services through the Ticket to Work Program. A product of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Ticket to Work provides people receiving Social Security benefits more choices for receiving employment services. SC Works serves as an employment network for the program, helping “ticket holders” find meaningful employment.

With her disabilities in mind, Georgetown SC Works helped her revamp her resume and began looking for jobs best suited to her needs.

When an opening came available at the local County Vocational Rehabilitation Services office, the center processed the referral on Amann’s behalf, recommending her for the position. With a new resume in hand, she applied for the position and was ultimately offered the job.

Less than 20 days after walking into the SC Works center, Amann was employed and making almost $12 an hour in a supportive environment, conducive to her health needs.

Who’s Hiring in the Upstate?

If you are looking for a job in South Carolina’s Upstate, look no further than SC Works Online Services. The state’s largest jobs database will tell you which employers are hiring in your area. Below you will find the top 10 employers currently posting the most jobs in the Greenville, Spartanburg, the Anderson and the Greenwood/Laurens areas.

Remember, to find the best matches near you, visit jobs.scworks.org and search by zip code and keyword.

The top 10 hiring employers in Greenville County are below.

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The Upstate workforce area includes Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties.

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The Upper Savannah area includes Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, and Newberry counties.

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The Worklink area includes Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

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Who’s Hiring Along the S.C. Coast?

If your job search is taking you to the eastern half of the Palmetto State, check out which employers have the most openings on SC Works Online Services.

Below you will find the top 10 employers with the most postings in the Pee Dee, Grand Strand, Charleston area and the Lowcountry. Check out jobs.scworks.org to search for positions by keyword and zip code.

Here are the top employers with openings in the Pee Dee, which includes Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marlboro and Marion counties.

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The Waccamaw area includes Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties.

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The Trident area includes Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

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The Lowcountry area includes Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties.

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Find Out Who’s Hiring in 2015

Are you looking to kick off 2015 with a new job search? SC Works Online Services has all the tools to get you started.

Find out which companies are hiring in your area. Below are the top 10 employers posting the most jobs in the Midlands, Orangeburg and Rock Hill areas. To search for jobs by zip code and keyword, visit jobs.scworks.org today.

Here are the top hiring employers in the Midlands, which includes Fairfield, Lexington and Richland counties.

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Below are the top 10 employers with openings for the Santee Lynches area, which includes Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties.

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The Lower Savannah area includes Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, and Orangeburg counties.

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The Catawba area includes Chester, Lancaster and York counties.

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Check back tomorrow to see who’s hiring in the Pee Dee and along the S.C. coast.

SC Works Helps Nichols Realize Occupational Goal

Rebecca NicholsWhen Rebecca Nichols enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program through Hartsville SC Works, she was unemployed but had the desire to become a licensed practical nurse.

With the training opportunity that WIA provides and the high-demand of nursing occupations, Nichols enrolled in the licensed practical nursing program through the Marion County School of Practical Nursing.

She received her Certificate of Achievement in May 2014 and her State Board of Nursing Licensure shortly after in July.

Just one month after completing certification, Nichols was hired as a licensed practical nurse at a local nursing and rehabilitation facility in Sumter.

Through SC Works Hartsville, the WIA program and Nichols’ hard work, drive and dedication, she is now self-sufficient and making a positive impact on her community.

S.C. Manufacturing Job Growth Tops the Nation

South Carolina’s growth in manufacturing jobs outperformed the national average for the third consecutive year, according to recent data published by Manufacturers’ News.

S.C. manufacturers added 5,848 industrial jobs, or a 2.2 percent jump, from September 2013 to September 2014, outpacing the 1.4 percent national average for the same time period.

Since October 2013, the state added approximately 7,600 manufacturing jobs, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s recent employment situation report.

The Palmetto State is now home to 4,735 manufacturers employing 269,694 workers, according to Manufacturers’ News. The industrial publisher has recorded a 5.1 percent increase in the state’s manufacturing jobs since September 2011, outpacing the nation’s overall gain of 3.3 percent.

“Manufacturing employment in South Carolina continues to pick up speed,”  said Tom Dubin, president of the Illinois publishing company, which has been surveying  the industry since 1912. “Major players in the auto industry have chosen to invest in the state, and its business friendly environment and solid infrastructure have boosted employment across a variety of sectors.”

For a complete look at the Manufacturers’ News report on South Carolina, visit this page.

Nationally, the Institute for Supply Management this week reported its factory index measuring manufacturing growth held strong in November. The index was at 58.7, which is little changed from October and the second best level since April 2011. A reading over 50 indicates expansion.

Top 10 Projected Occupations in SC for 2022

The 2012 to 2022 employment projections indicate that more than 228,800 new jobs will be added in South Carolina. That is nearly a 12 percent increase over 10 years.

For jobseekers, students, educators and career counselors, this data may be helpful in career planning. Tables showing the top 10 occupations in terms of number, of percentage increases, and of number of total job openings are listed below.

Table 1: Top 10 occupations in employment number increase

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Table 2: Top 10 occupations in employment percentage increase

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Since employment number change represents new jobs added to the occupation, Table 1 tends to include occupations of significant size, while Table 2 emphasizes how fast an occupation will grow by the compared to its original size. Only two occupations appeared in both Tables 1 and 2 – Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides. Both are relatively large in size and growing quickly.

Table 3: Top 10 occupations with most job openings

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The six occupations found in both Tables 1 and 3 include Registered Nurses, Retail Salespersons, Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, including Fast Food, Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand, Customer Service Representatives, and Team Assemblers.

These occupations represent an overwhelming majority in both employment number change and job openings. With such high prospects for growth, these occupations are something to consider when planning for your future.

To search for jobs by key word and zip code, visit SC Works Online Services at jobs.scworks.org or download the free mobile app by searching SC Works in the app store, available on Android and Apple devices.

This article originally appeared in Insights, a publication of the S.C. Department and Workforce’s Business Intelligence Department. Read previous Insights articles here.