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.