In August, the U.S. economy added 169,000 jobs, bringing the
national unemployment rate down to 7.3%. Any guesses where
the most jobs are being added?
According to a new survey by employment services firm ManpowerGroup, oil and gas powered Houston is number one, but tied for second place are Greater Greenville. That’s quite a feat considering Upstate has a much smaller population than the sprawling Texas metropolis.
The Greenville MauldinEasley MSA or Metropolitan Statistical Area reported a 21% net employment outlook.
“The hiring environment is strong and positive,” said Cindy Hopkins, president of the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce. “In the past year, several of our local manufacturing companies have experienced expansions with new job creation and the retail sector has experienced much growth, with the opening of several national chains, including Academy Sports, Kohl’s, Marshalls, Tractor Supply, Sam’s Club and QuikTrip.”
In Greenville, some of the biggest employers in the area are the Greenville Health System, Michelin North America, BMW, GE and Fluor Corporation. Ben Haskew, president and chief executive of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce said the transformation of the downtown area is attracting new growth.
“Greenville has transformed its downtown over the past 30 years to both an employment and activity center,” explained Haskew. “A new $100 million office center is currently being completed on Main Street to house a bank headquarters, Clemson University’s MBA program and two retail stores. Over 100 restaurants are located downtown. And the Peace Center for the Performing Arts just completed a $21 million face lift.”
Just the month before, Forbes magazine recognized Greenville’s downtown as one of the top 10 transformed neighborhoods in the nation.
The latest Cost of Living Survey showed that Greenville costs over eight percent less to live than the national average.
It’s a great time to live in Upstate!
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Author:Dawn Borkowski Phone: 864-313-4608 Dated: October 7th 2013 Views: 535 About Dawn: ...
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