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Employment in SC: Good News, Bad News

Unemployment in SC is holding steady at 8.1%…

GOOD NEWS: We are not losing any more jobs!

BAD NEWS: We are not gaining any more jobs!

GOOD NEWS: “South Carolina was the only state in the nation this month to see an increase in the number of online job postings. Though the growth was modest with 500 new postings, every other state in the nation saw losses, according to data out today from the Conference Board.”

BAD NEWS: Nationally, “The October supply/demand rate stands at 2.2 people unemployed for each vacancy, with a total of 6.1 million more unemployed workers than the number of advertised vacancies,” the report said.

With 2.2 people unemployed for every vacancy, that means, more than ever, you have to be able to clearly and succinctly communicate why you are the better of the two candidates: What sets you apart? Why should an employer hire you?

GOOD NEWS: The greatest overall growth in job postings from July 2012 to July 2013 was in Healthcare Practitioners and Technicians (jobs like database administrators, chemical technicians, nurses, pharmacists and technicians.) Most of these jobs do not require a 4-year degree!

BAD NEWS: Three areas that reported losses in job growth were Architectural and Engineering at -44.3 percent, Management at -18.7 percent; Computer and Mathematics at -14.7 percent. Professionals and recent graduates with advanced degrees in these areas are seeing a decline in jobs.

Technical and certificate programs seem to be yielding the most jobs; however, most professional positions still require advanced degrees. Before considering a return to school to boost your employment opportunities, be sure to thoroughly research the job market in your field. Whether you have a certificate or 2-year or 4-year or Advanced degree, the competition is steep!

Information from dew.sc.gov, scworks.org, and palmettoconnections.dew.sc.gov

Ways the Business and Job Center Makes a Difference

We are helping put Richland County back to work! Since opening in 2010, library staff has interacted with customers, providing personalized assistance, more than 35,000 times. From one-on-one career coaching to resume building to computer and job-ready classes, we are here to help job seekers!

We are encouraging entrepreneurship! Some job seekers are not looking for a job anymore; they are making their own! If you are an aspiring business owner, Richland Library is the place for you! We provide the space, events, resources, and personal assistance you need to be successful. In August, the library debuted one of Columbia's first free co-working spaces. Freelancers, entrepreneurs and more can simply make a reservation to gain access to the Co-working Center, a private space equipped with Wi-Fi and a fully-loaded Mac computer. Reserve a coworking desk here.


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