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.

Online job ads drop slightly but remain more than 64,000 strong in S.C.

There were more than 64,000 job vacancies in South Carolina advertised online in October, according to recent data from the Conference Board.

The total of advertised openings in the Palmetto State dropped by 2,300 from September, but overall, the South experienced the nation’s largest increase in job postings.


If you’re on the hunt, consider looking in the business and financial arena or in healthcare. These two industries posted the month’s sharpest increases.

To search for a job near you visit SC Works Online Services and enter your zip code and a key word such as “accountant” or “medical coding.” You can also download the free SC Works app to your mobile device. Search “SC Works” in the Apple or Android app store.  The app lets you search and map nearby job openings.

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine® Data Series measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for more than 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas.

Background information and technical notes about the series are available here.

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 jobs.scworks.org  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.



Jobseekers get details, questions answered about Continental’s hiring process

S.C. jobseekers on Thursday learned about Continental Tire in Sumter’s hiring process during two information sessions at the F.E. DuBose Campus of Central Carolina Technical College near Manning.

Recruiters from the company outlined the benefits of working at Continental and discussed the organization’s overall work culture. They also answered questions on a variety of topics ranging from safety and uniforms to the way shifts are organized. About 40 people attended the 10 a.m. session, and another was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Continental employs about 180,000 people globally and has 20 tire plants in the United States. The Sumter plant currently has about 500 employees and plans to hire another 1,000, according to company officials.


Representatives from the SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) and ReadySC also were on hand to answer questions about the application and hiring process as those organizations are assisting with recruitment.

After the approximately 45-minute information session with Continental representatives, DEW staff assisted those qualified candidates in completing and submitting online applications. Submitting an application is the first step in the hiring process, which also includes screening through ReadySC, simulation testing and pre-hire training.

Minimum qualifications to work at Continental include a high school diploma or GED and at least one year of manufacturing or production experience.

The company will accept either military experience or the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC) in lieu of the one year experience.


The SCMC program is 200 hours and includes classroom and hands-on training in advanced manufacturing skills. It is available at technical colleges throughout the state. Learn more about the program here or at an SC Works center near you.

If you missed one of the information sessions but are still interested in a job with Continental, don’t worry. You can still apply by visiting readysc.org/conti.

If you have recently applied, you can check the status of your application by logging into your readySC account.

Recent announcements equal jobs in Lowcountry and Union County

Two recent economic development announcements will create new jobs for opposite ends of the state.

Meter Bearings Group, a designer and producer of ball and cylindrical roller bearings, is establishing its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Colleton County, according to a news release from the S.C. Department of Commerce.

The $4.5 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs during the next five years.  The facility is being built in Walterboro and is scheduled to begin production by September 2015.

The company is coordinating with readySC to create a customized, pre-employment training program.

For more information about the new jobs and to apply, visit www.sctechjobs.com or visit the Colleton SC Works Center at  1085 Thunderbolt Road in Walterboro.

To the north and west, department store retailer Belk, Inc. will expand its Union County e-commerce distribution and fulfillment center operations, according to the Commerce Department.

The $47 million investment will add 20 new jobs, which will grow the company’s Jonesville presence to 314 employees.

In December, Belk announced its intention to hire an additional 170 personnel by the end of 2015, and this expansion grows those expectations to add another 20 jobs.

Those interested in employment opportunities with the company may visit Belk’s careers page and search for positions in Jonesville, S.C.

Who’s Hiring in the Upstate and Rock Hill?

Universities, hospitals and United Parcel Services all make the list of companies posting the most job openings in the Upstate and the Rock Hill region.

Check out this breakout of employers hiring by workforce region. Remember, you can search for jobs in your area at jobs.scworks.org.

Note, a suppressed employer is one who has chosen to have its contact information withheld from SC Works Online Services.

The Upstate area includes Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties:

Upstate_Dec13 The Greenville area includes Greenville County:

Greenville_Dec13 The Upper Savannah area includes Abbeville, Edgefield, McCormick, Saluda, Newberry, Greenwood and Laurens counties:


The Worklink area includes, Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties:


The Catawba area includes York, Chester and Lancaster counties:


Working Wednesday Focuses on Hot Jobs in South Carolina

Get your questions ready for another Working Wednesday segment with the SC Department of Employment and Workforce and WIS-TV.

On Oct. 23, DEW experts will be in the Columbia television station’s studio to take your questions via twitter and phone. This month’s topic focuses on in-demand jobs in South Carolina.

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Find out what types of jobs are growing in your area and what companies are hiring. Learn what jobs will be hot for the future and how you can use labor market information to successfully land employment.

Tune in at 5, 6 and 7. Send questions ahead of time and during the newscasts using the #jobschat.

Who’s Hiring in the Midlands and Surrounding Areas?

Looking for a job in the Midlands and surrounding areas? Check out the healthcare industry as hospitals and other related organizations top the list of employers advertising jobs.

Check out the below listings of the top 10 hiring employers in the Midlands, Orangeburg and Aiken workforce investment areas.

The numbers are current as of Oct. 3 from SC Works Online Services. Search for jobs by zip code and key word at jobs.scworks.org.

Note, a suppressed employer is one who has chosen to have its contact information withheld from SC Works Online Services.

Tomorrow’s post will feature the Pee Dee, Grand Strand and Lowcountry regions.

Want to know who’s hiring in the Upstate and Rock Hill? Check out this previous post.

The Midlands area includes Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties:


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


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


Charleston Vets Connect with Jobs Resources at Hiring Fair

The Hiring Our Heroes job fair Thursday in North Charleston drew more than 400 veterans seeking employment opportunities.

The event—sponsored by the SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW), SC Works, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Legion, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and NBC News—featured more than 75 employers and vendors.

DEW Executive Director Cheryl Stanton welcomed participants as part of the event’s Welcome Home opening ceremony that honored all veterans who have served. She encouraged job seekers to visit DEW’s employment representatives on site at the event as well as the employers in attendance.

Ernie Lombardi from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hiring Our Heroes said the Charleston event was one of 500 such job fairs being held throughout the nation this year.

Check out some photos from the Charleston event below.





Hiring Our Heroes comes back to South Carolina next month with a job fair in Beaufort. The event will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 at the South Carolina National Guard Armory, 1 Calvary Lane in Beaufort. Register and learn more at http://hoh.greatjob.net/.

Who’s hiring in your area? The S.C. coast

Looking for a job along the coast of South Carolina or in eastern half of the state?

Check out these lists of the top 10 hiring employers along the Grand Strand, in the Lowcountry and in the Pee Dee. The numbers were collected from SC Works Online Services and are current as of the week of July 25.

Search for a job by zip code and keyword at jobs.scworks.org.

The below employers are in the Trident region, which includes Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties:


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


The Pee Dee area includes Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marlboro and Marion counties:



The Waccamaw area includes Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties: