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Saluda County certified as ACT ‘Work Ready Community’   Staff Report colanews@scbiznews.com Published Aug. 4, 2014 Saluda County has become the fourth county to receive the S.C. Work Ready Community designation through ACT, a national testing company. Earning the designation means the county has met workforce and education goals required of the nationwide initiative aimed… Read more »

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Schedule a 15-Minute Break Before You Burn Out by Ron Friedman  |   8:00 AM August 4, 2014 When you’re racing 90 miles an hour, the last thing you want to do is slow down. That’s how it feels on those exhilarating days when you’re completely focused, tearing through your to-do list, racking up accomplishments. You just… Read more »

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Jobless Claims Fall as Average Drops to Eight-Year Low By Victoria Stilwell Aug 7, 2014 8:46 AM ET  Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg’s Michael McKee reports on jobless claims fall by fourteen thousand with Betty Liu on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg) Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, sending the average over… Read more »

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US factory orders up 1.1 pct in June, led by aircraft, machinery, computers and electronics Published August 05, 2014 Associated Press In this July 16, 2014 photo, welders fabricate anchor bolts for roads and bridges at the custom manufacturer Fox Company Inc. in Philadelphia. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders in June on… Read more »

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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 215 OUT OF 339 METRO AREAS BETWEEN JUNE 2013 & JUNE 2014 AS 26 AREAS EXCEED PREVIOUS HIGHS FOR THE MONTH Date: July 30, 2014 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas and Monroe, Mich. Top Growth List; Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md. And Cheyenne, Wyo. Experience the Largest Actual and Percentage Declines for the Year Construction employment expanded… Read more »

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U.S. labor costs post largest increase in more than 5-1/2 years WASHINGTON, July 31 Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:30am EDT WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – U.S. labor costs recorded their largest increase in more than 5-1/2 years in the second quarter, a sign that a long-awaited acceleration in wage growth was imminent. The Employment Cost… Read more »

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Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay   A mysterious fact that economists are wrestling with is that the percentage of women in the United States who are working or want to work has been declining, after a decades-long climb. The drop is small (and less dramatic than the decline of men in the labor… Read more »

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GPS JOBS at GPS Columbia!  Go to www.gpsjobs.net and click “Looking to Apply with GPS” TODAY for the following positions: Quality Warehouse Supervisor Material Handler Certified Forklift Operators Packing Associates Electrical Maintenance Maintenance Technician Machine Operators Welders Customer Service Medical Collections Medical Assistant Medical Admin Dispatchers Administrative Assistant Receptionist Accounts Payable Accounts Receivable  

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S.C. DOT plans study of Midlands’ interstate corridor By Chuck Crumbo ccrumbo@scbiznews.com Published July 25, 2014 The S.C. Department of Transportation plans to conduct an analysis of the Midlands’ interstate highway corridor aimed at determining what’s needed to support economic growth. The analysis will be similar in scope to studies the agency has done on… Read more »