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Employment and Workforce Executive Director William Floyd’s Statement
June 2023 Employment Situation
Columbia, S.C. – “The weather is getting hotter and so are employment opportunities in the great state of South Carolina. With a record high of 2,357,455 individuals working and a low, unchanged unemployment rate of 3.1% for June, the state’s labor force participation rate grew from 56.5% in May to 56.7% in June. That is good news for South Carolina, which continues attracting top-tier employers. The summer is a great time to enhance work skills through training, join or re-join our expanding workforce, and earn family-sustaining wages,” said S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) Executive Director William Floyd.
“As I travel throughout the state, I remind employers of the workforce resources that DEW provides as a partner in the SC Works system. For our existing and new employers of all sizes, for example, DEW can develop Individual Employer Plans (IEPs). These customized recruitment plans may include creating an account in the SC Works Online Services system, vetting resumes, virtual or in-person job fairs and hiring events, social media, targeted marketing campaigns, direct referrals, and more. DEW representatives and leadership work with employers to customize strategies to meet their needs, whether short-term or long-term,” stated Floyd.
“If an employer needs to find suitable candidates for highly specific positions or needs help to fill multiple openings as they expand their business, an IEP is a perfect way to meet those goals. Our experts at DEW and in the SC Works centers are ready to help,” concluded Floyd.