Workforce & Education
In addition to the pro-business environment, companies come to South Carolina for its advantageous labor climate. We're ranked No. 3 for low labor costs and No. 5 for workforce development programs by Area Development magazine. With low corporate tax rates and competitive wages, SC’s job market has consistently outpaced national growth levels.
South Carolina is a right-to-work state with a low unionization rate of 3.2%, ranking 3rd lowest in the US. The state's unionization rate for the private sector is 1.9%. We have the lowest percentage of total employed workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement of any state in the nation.
More than 180,000 students are enrolled, on a full-time basis, in the state’s public and private learning institutions. What’s more, South Carolina is home to one of 17 national laboratories.
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