Job growth creates dilemma for companies: labor

Job growth creates dilemma for companies: labor

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 4:18 PM

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. -- Monday's big job announcements by Governor Nikki Haley focus on Chester and York Counties, but Lancaster County has been hot the last couple of years, pulling itself out of a nearly 19-percent unemployment rate back in 2006.

Keer Group announced last December it is actually bringing textile back to the Carolinas from China. It is one of the most recent big investments in Lancaster County.

The $218 million yarn spinning plant is currently under construction. Once up and running, it is expected to create 500 new jobs.

Keer Group coming to Lancaster County topped off a 2013 announcement, which included 2,300 new jobs created $363 million in new investment, according to the Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation.

2012 saw 936 jobs and $60.4 million in investment. More than half of those jobs were at Red Ventures, which just expanded again.

An investment in business parks, a capable workforce, proximity to Charlotte and Highway 521 in the southern end of the county are factors in the job growth.

Summit Landscape Group opened in Lancaster County two years ago. They have a sign in front of their building which says "skilled laborers wanted". Summit now has three offices statewide, and their workforce has pretty much doubled.

"We're competing, trying to find labor work," said office manager Mary Moss.

Moss says part of the need is due to turnover, with employees, in some cases, leaving for higher-paying jobs. They keep taking applications to keep up with demand.

"More calls, more residential calls asking for quotes for work on their property," she said.

Good signs, Moss says, in a county where the unemployment rate is now around 6-percent, and down from around 9-percent last year.

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