SC Workforce

In addition to the pro-business environment, companies come to South Carolina for its advantageous labor climate - ranked No. 3 for low labor costs and No. 5 for workforce development programs by Area Development magazine.

A stable job market – South Carolina is a right-to-work state with a low unionization rate of 3.2 percent overall, ranking 3rd lowest in the United States. South Carolina’s unionization rate for the private sector is 1.9 percent. South Carolina has the lowest percentage of total employed workers covered by a collective barganing agreement of any state in the nation 

Higher education – More than 246,000 students are enrolled in the state’s public and private learning institutions. What’s more, South Carolina is home to one of America’s 17 national laboratories.

Opportunities abound – With low corporate tax rates and competitive wages, SC’s job market has consistently outpaced national growth levels.

"We've committed to Boeing to staff at 3,600 people over the next several years. When a company is going to make a capital investment, we will assist that company with the training of their work force." -Jim Maxon, Project Director for the Boeing readySCTM project.

NEW! Regional Workforce Advisors

The South Carolina Department of Commerce is proud to introduce our newest addition to workforce development. Our 12 Regional Workforce Advisors are focused on ensuring South Carolina’s workforce continues to be one of the best in the nation. The Regional Workforce Advisors will serve as a connection for the business and education communities to collaborate on how to best prepare the workforce to meet industry demands. Our Regional Workforce Advisors will be our go-to team bridging gaps at the local level between those who educate our students and those in the business community who rely on a talented labor pool. Read more HERE.

Workforce Training with readySC™

For more than 50 years, the SC Technical College System has powered readySC™, which provides well-trained employees to qualifying companies that invest in South Carolina. A comprehensive and customized process, readySC™ includes recruiting, screening and training, tailoring guidelines and curriculum to fit a company’s needs. 

readySC™ Statistics on Jobs in South Carolina:

  • 4,622: Employees trained, 2013-2014
  • 81: Companies served, 2013-2014
  • 42: New projects, 2013-2014
  • 42: Expansion projects, 2013-2014
  • 280,574: Employees trained from inception of program September 1961 through June 2014
  • 2,102: Companies served September 1961 through June 2014
  • SC Technical College System

The South Carolina Technical College System

The South Carolina Technical College system is comprised of 16 community-based technical colleges throughout the state. Home to the readySC™ program, the SC Technical College System serves close to 240,000 students and excels at creating programs that meet the needs of area businesses and industries.

Employment and Workforce Assistance

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) promotes stable employment and economic growth by tracking trends and statistics, and connecting employers and job seekers.

SC Employment Information

Commerce's Research Division provides labor market information including job force data, employment by industry, unemployment, wages, occupational employment, projections, job skills, business locations and population demographics.