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State of South Carolina posts strong year in industry recruitment and international trade

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

Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017
by S.C. Department of Commerce

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.
 
"Team South Carolina continues to elevate itself on the global economic stage," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "Not only do we produce world-class products in our state, we transport and distribute those things to customers efficiently and effectively all over the world."

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About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. In three of the last five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998 
afairwell@sccommerce.com 
www.SCcommerce.com 

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