South Carolina evolved from the plantation era with an economy based
on rice, tobacco, textiles and indigo through the nation's early history.
Nurturing a distinct Southern style, it was the first state to secede from
the Union at the start of the Civil War. Today, the 4.6 million residents of
the Palmetto state have an economy based on manufacturing, agriculture, the
defense industries, textile goods and a thriving tourist trade.
Although the state had an unemployment rate over 12 percent in 2009, it is
presently among those states leading the country in recovery. The unemployment rate
was 9.3 percent December 2011, but most sectors have shown good job growth through
Leading sectors were manufacturing, which had a 5.3 percent growth, leisure and
hospitality, and professional and business services. Construction, financial
activities and government had declines, while trade, transportation and utilities
and other services had visible growth.
South Carolina has 'right to work' laws freeing employees from union membership.
Major corporations expecting to expand and create more manufacturing jobs include
BMW, General Electric, Boeing, Michelin and Fluor engineering company. State and
local newspapers, such as online editions of The Post and Courier and The State,
provide listings for job seekers
Additional information can be found regarding South Carolina's
economy and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: South Carolina Economy.