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Guess Which Sector is the Largest Employer in our State? November 25, 2013

Posted by F. McCollum in Welcome!.
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From YC Magazine July 2013 Issue

In our state of South Carolina, 1 out of every 5 members of the nonfarm civilian workforce works for the government according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce April 2013 report. That statement is shocking, and if it did not knock you out of your chair, you should go back and read it again. Government work is the largest “industry” in the entire state of South Carolina. The term nonfarm civilian workforce includes all individuals, both employed and unemployed, who are actively looking for work and totals 1.88 million people in South Carolina as of April 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Generally when evaluating labor force data, it is common to exclude military and farm workers from many stats, and we have done so here as well. There were 287,930 individuals classified as farm workers in April 2013 in South Carolina, and 42,924 military employees stationed (and not in transition) at military installations within our state in 2009 (the most recently available data). In addition, most contractors working for the government are not included as government employees in the classifications used above, and while no study has been done on how many contractors work for the state and local governments, at the Federal level there are more than two contractors for every single employee working for the government. (more…)

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