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Mr. Roosevelt T. Halley Past NASWA President & SCESC Executive Director. A D iversifying E conomy: the S outh C arolina S tory. 2008 NASWA National Conference Charleston, South Carolina. South Carolina : A State Rich in History. South Carolina : Population Growth (1970-2007).

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mr roosevelt t halley past naswa president scesc executive director
Mr. Roosevelt T. HalleyPast NASWA President & SCESC Executive Director

ADiversifying Economy:the South Carolina Story

2008 NASWA National ConferenceCharleston, South Carolina


South Carolina:Population Growth (1970-2007)

Source: US Bureau of the Census

Special note: Hispanic population has increased almost 280% since 1970!

south carolina textile manufacturing job trends
South Carolina:Textile Manufacturing Job Trends

Source: SC Employment Security Commission Labor Market Information - QCEW


South Carolina:Employment by Industry Mix (2007)

Depicts a varied industrial portfolio.


South Carolina: Employment Outlook

Source: SC Department of Commerce


South Carolina

A Great Place to Visit!


South Carolina: Leisure & Hospitality

The Effects of Tourism on South Carolina…

  • 11.5% of employment in 2007
  • $16.7 billion a year industry
  • More than 30 million people travel to SC each year (18th in visitor volume)

South Carolina:The Destination for Golf

The Effects of Golf on South Carolina…

  • $2.3 billion in output/sales (does not include real estate)
  • $713 million in personal income
  • 30,938 jobs

Named #1 best golf experience, availability of courses and best variety of courses!

(SOURCES: SC Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department and Golf Digest Research Resource Center)


South Carolina:Equestrian Activity

Camden, SC

  • Carolina Cup (Spring) & Colonial Cup (Fall)

Aiken, SC

  • Triple Crown

South Carolina Attractions:Palmetto Beaches

Myrtle Beach was named #2 of the Top 10 Favorite Beaches in the World!

(Source: Yahoo! Travel and National Geographic Traveler)

Myrtle Beach

Pawley’s Island

Litchfield Beach

Murrells Inlet

Garden City Beach

Surfside Beach

Folly Beach

Little River

Isle of Palms

Sullivan’s Island


Caesars Head view of Blue Ridge

Hunting Islands view of the rolling surf of the Atlantic Ocean

South Carolina:More Attractions!

Exquisite State Park System

  • Caesars Head
  • Hunting Island and many more spectacular sites…

South Carolina Attractions:Our most well-known city—Charleston

  • Rich in history
  • Named by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as #3 of the best cities in the US (2007)

South Carolina Small Business:Key Players in the Palmetto Economy

Of 113,484 total private employers in SC, 111,072 have less than 100 employees…

that’s 97.9%!


South Carolina:Small Business Key Players

Entrepreneur magazine named South Carolina among the top 5 states for entrepreneurs.


South Carolina:Thriving Film Industry


…SC is one of the country’s leading states for film and television series productions?

…movies made in SC include: Forrest Gump, Die Hard With a Vengeance, Leatherheads and The Legend of Bagger Vance.

…recent television filming has been done right here in Charleston for the courtroom drama Eye for an Eye and the popular drama Army Wives.


South Carolina:Foreign Companies

Source: The 2007 State New Economy Index

Foreign companies have confidence

in the South Carolina workforce!


South Carolina:Port of Charleston

  • 1,924 ships and barges served (2007)
  • Nation’s 6th largest in dollar value of international shipments
  • 700 SC companies ship out of the port
  • 280-acre terminal to be built at the former Charleston Naval Base (completion by 2013)

South Carolina:One of the Best Kept Supply Secrets

World Trade magazine named the Port of Charleston as #1 in customer satisfaction in 2006.

“One of the U.S.’s ‘best kept’ supply chain secrets is South… Planned expansion of the Port of Charleston … is expected to accelerate the growth. “

-World Trade Magazine


South Carolina:Partnership Brings Jobs to the State

  • Established in 1961
  • One of the oldest training programs in the country
  • Provides customized training for new and expanding facilities in the Palmetto State
  • More than 250,000 employees have been trained from the inception of the program (September 1961)

South Carolina:Workforce Training Ranked

South Carolina’s workforce training was ranked #5 in a 2006 poll by Expansion Management magazine.

South Carolina has ranked in this list's top five for the past seven years.


South Carolina:Growth in the Automotive Industry

  • BMW came to SC in 1992
  • Recently announced an additional $750 million investment
  • Will add 1.5 million square feet and 500 new jobs to increase production capacity to 240,000 units by 2012.
  • This increases investments in its South Carolina operations to $4.2 billion.

South Carolina:Aeronautical Acceleration

  • There are 83 aviation-related companies in SC.
  • Over 65,500 employees
    • Nearly 2.8% of the state’s workforce
  • Over $1.9 billion in payroll
  • Over $4.3 billion in output (economic activity)
  • Recently announced a merger of Boeing and Alenia Aeronautica

to produce fuselages for Boeing


South Carolina:Home for New Businesses

The QVC distribution center in Florence County is one of only five nationwide.


South Carolina:Monster in the Pee Dee announced plans to bring a customer service facility to Florence, SC, estimating 350 new jobs. Monster Executive President Art O’Donell said:

“Florence is an ideal location because of its burgeoning labor market. The new center is part of an effort to bring North American customer support that had been handled by a third party.”


South Carolina:Dubai—Building a Vision

“We think Orangeburg has the potential to become a

major logistical hub in the United States,”

Chuck Heath,

Managing Director of Jafza International

Jafza International builds economic zones, logistics & distribution hubs and commercial parks. It plans to use the Orangeburg location for light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facilities.


South Carolina:SC Goes Nuclear

Six nuclear reactors are being considered or arein the licensing process, with building completed in the next 10 years.

A skilled workforce will be needed for both the construction and operation phases.

Two projects will help…

The Savannah River National Laboratory

SRNL is the applied research and development laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS).

University Partners include:

  • University of South Carolina
  • Clemson University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Medical University of South Carolina

SUNRISE (Southeast Universities Nuclear Reactors Institute for Science and Education) - not for profit organization to support the advancement of nuclear education in the southeastern U.S.

University Partners include:

  • SC State University
  • University of South Carolina

South Carolina:Energy Alternatives


  • Lake Moultrie and Lake Murray:Man-made reservoirs and plants

Wind Power

  • South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies: Clemson University research & development organization develop energy resources and security
  • (FORMER) Charleston Naval Base: Wind stations off the coast

South Carolina:Hydrogen Initiatives

The South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance is a public-private collaboration for cooperative and coordinated utilization of resources in the state used to advance the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. 

Partners include:

  • Center for Hydrogen Research
  • Clemson University
  • Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Department of Commerce
  • South Carolina State University
  • University of South Carolina

Our Guest Speaker…

Fred Humes

Director, Economic Development Partnership – Aiken & Edgefield counties

Board member of The South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance


A $250-million investment—which promises to be an economic catalyst that will raise the state’s per-capita income and quality of life by attracting knowledge-based businesses and high-paying jobs.

  • research park in downtown Columbia SC
  • integrates public and private sector research
  • high-tech, high-density facilities
  • research and innovation in areas such as:
    • hydrogen fuel cells research
    • international business
    • public health
    • AIDS research
    • medical nanotechnology

South Carolina:Leaders Target Jobs Initiative

On Tuesday, July 29, 2008, legislative, business and education leaders came together on the ESC Columbia site to announce a new partnership designed to attract high-paying technology and research jobs to South Carolina.


South Carolina:Employer Council

Fosters concepts that enhance the Palmetto State:

•Workforce •Economy •Quality of life


April 2008 PWPA Award Recipient

South Carolina:Employer Council

  • Alliance of a diversegroup of businesspartners
  • Promotes relationships

between businesses and organizations in the private and public sectors

  • Facilitates the annual Palmetto Workforce Partnership Awards to honor community business leaders for their contributions to the state economy

South Carolina:ESC by the Numbers

  • UI Claimants Registered: 166,799
    • Entered Employment: 67,241
  • Veterans Registered: 33,413
    • Entered Employment: 18,827
  • Total Applicants Registered: 403,992
    • Entered Employment: 233,085

(for PY ending June 30, 2008)


South Carolina:ESC by the Numbers (UI)

  • 341,203 Initial Claims (Sept. 07 – Aug. 08)
  • $439,778,640 Paid Out

South Carolina:Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation

  • 168,000 eligible individuals
  • One of the first states to pay benefits
  • Over 32,400 initial claims for EUC benefits
  • Over 220,000 checks issued
  • $48.2 million

South Carolina:Getting the Word Out

Carolina Works -- A 30-minute TV show on SC ETV about workplace issues

JobCast-- Audio listing of available openings on our website (

Columns -- Local newspapers are provided with a column on job-hunting advice and job-related issues.


SC Employment Security Commission

Our Mission to the Citizens of the Palmetto State:

To provide quality, customer-driven workforce services that promote financial stability and economic growth.