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Acting Executive Director William Floyd's March 2023 Employment Statement

Fri, 04/21/2023

Employment and Workforce Acting Executive Director William Floyd’s Statement

March 2023 Employment Situation


Columbia, S.C. – “South Carolina is continuing to progress with a record high of 2,316,712 people working in South Carolina and a stable unemployment rate of 3.2%, unchanged from February,” said S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) Acting Executive Director William Floyd. “The state also saw an increase of more than 11,000 people in the labor force month-over-month. With that, the labor force participation rate jumped to 56.1% from February’s rate of 55.9%.”


“As our workforce continues to thrive, DEW is committed to spending the rest of 2023 proactively engaging rural communities to help people find work and employers find their workers. Our SC@Work: Road Trips are one way that we will accomplish just that. This rural initiative includes our agency, the SC Works Career Coach, and partners traveling around the state to set up community job fairs in rural counties. DEW Leadership, workforce consultants, business engagement professionals, labor market information experts, SC Works representatives, local leaders, and employers will participate in these events,” said Floyd.


“Our first week on the road will include the following stops:


Tuesday, May 2, 9:00 am – 11:00 am:

3346 Hwy 301 N, Hamer, SC 29547


Wednesday, May 3, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

1001 North Main Street, Mullins, SC 29574


Thursday, May 4, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Clio Mayor’s Office

101 Calhoun Street, Clio, SC 29525


Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm:

232 Radford Blvd, Dillon, SC 29536        


Wednesday, May 3, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

2565 East Hwy 76, Marion, SC 29571


Thursday, May 4, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

McColl Town Hall

McColl, SC 29570”


“We are fortunate to live in a state that is growing and has so many opportunities for work. Our agency has the exciting job of promoting employers and helping people find these opportunities through projects such as our rural initiative,” concluded Floyd.