S.C. Department of Commerce Annual Report

State recruited more than 13,100 new jobs while exporters achieved seventh consecutive record year in 2016

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2017 Industry Impact Awards

S.C. Department of Commerce Recognizes BMW

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BMW Plant Spartanburg

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Total Labor Force 140,892
Unemployment Rate 5.3%
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Female (2015 Estimate) 51.5%
Male (2015 Estimate) 48.5%
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Monday, May 15, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. - As part of the 26th annual Industry Appreciation series, the S.C. Department of Commerce recognized its 2017 Industry Impact Award recipients during an event on Thursday, May 11 at The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia, S.C. Honoring businesses that have made significant contributions to their communities and state, the recipients were selected within a certain employment size and county development tier group.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Commerce today released its 2016 industry recruitment and international trade results. In total, the state recruited more than $3.4 billion in capital investment, creating approximately 13,100 new jobs, while its exporters posted a seventh consecutive record year with export sales of $31.3 billion - a $400 million increase over last year.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C.PIDC (Pacific Industrial Development Corporation), a specialty chemicals manufacturer, intends to open a manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County. The development is projected to bring at least $13 million of capital investment and create 53 new jobs over the next five years.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating, is expanding its existing operations in Spartanburg County to accommodate its continued growth. The company will be adding additional equipment and upgrading existing infrastructure, bringing more than $7.7 million in new capital investment.

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