CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A new report shows the Charleston area economy is outperforming the state and the nation in key areas.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports ( ) the study indicates that by 2030, the area population will be more than one million people.

The report from the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce says employment growth has risen at twice the U.S. average in the past two years.

The number of jobs lost in the region during the Great Recession has been recovered and unemployment is lower than the national average and dropping at a faster pace.

The report found that the area is undergoing a transformation into a more diversified, knowledge-based economy and faces long-term challenges including improving transportation and education.

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