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Sea Pro Boats to relaunch, open plant in Whitmire Staff Report colanews@scbiznews.com Published July 29, 2015 Sea Pro Boats, which was originally founded in the Midlands and later acquired by another company, announced plans today to invest $5.5 million and open a new plant in Newberry County. The project is expected to create 238 jobs…. Read more »

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Nurturing startups key to growth, panelists say By Chuck Crumbo ccrumbo@scbiznews.com Published Sept. 4, 2014 While landing large manufacturing operations that bring thousands of jobs to South Carolina grabs the headlines, being able to nurture and support fledgling startup companies can be the ticket to sustained economic growth. However, to help the newcomers, state and… Read more »

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S.C. online jobs up 3,300 in August   Staff Report colanews@scbiznews.com Published Sept. 4, 2014 Online help wanted ads in South Carolina climbed by 3,300 positions in August, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series released Wednesday. Overall, there were 67,800 help wanted ads posted online in August compared with 64,600 for… Read more »

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State unemployment rate ticks upward to 5.7% in July Staff Report colanews@scbiznews.com Published Aug. 18, 2014 South Carolina’s jobless rate ticked upward in July to 5.7% from 5.3% in June, the state Department of Employment and Workforce reported today. The official unemployment rate for the state had remained stable at 5.3% in April, May and… Read more »

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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 »