The announcement Friday that South Carolina’s unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month was certainly good news to Governor Nikki Haley who says jobs are the top priority for her administration. The unemployment figures were announced by the Department of Employment and Workforce.
“It’s a great day in South Carolina! There is more work to be done, but we are moving in a great direction,” Haley said in an e-mail from her office.
When Haley took office the unemployment was double digit and the figures announced Friday showed the most recent seasonally adjusted South Carolina unemployment rate fell from 9.3 percent in January to 9.1 percent in February.
The announcement capped a week of job celebrations by Haley that included an expansion in a rural area and a groundbreaking for a tire giant. In 2011, South Carolina recruited more than $4.7 billion in investment and more than 13,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector, according to the Governor’s office.
LowCountry Biomass, a recycler of wood residues, Wednesday announced plans to expand its existing wood pellet manufacturing operations in Jasper County. The $16 million investment is expected to generate 26 new jobs in a rural area of the state.
“It’s always exciting to see one of our existing businesses grow and create new jobs, and that’s especially true when it’s in one of our rural areas. We celebrate LowCountry Biomass’ decision to expand and create 26 new jobs in Ridgeland,” said Haley.
Almost six months after Haley announced that Continental Tires would invest $500 million to generate nearly 1700 new jobs in South Carolina, the Governor was back in Sumter County Wednesday for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant.
“It’s a great day in South Carolina when we break ground on a new facility for a world-class company like Continental,” Haley said at the ceremony.