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DEW Executive Director’s Statement June 2021

Fri, 07/16/2021

Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey’s Statement
June 2021 Employment Situation

Columbia, SC – “Employment growth in June continues to demonstrate the state’s recovery and progress. While unemployed individuals dropped by more than 3,400, what is particularly exciting is that the number of people working increased by more than 12,200. That is nearly 9,000 people returning to the workforce from the sidelines. And now more than ever, the state’s businesses need the experience and willingness of South Carolinians to jump into open jobs,” said S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey.

“Every week, there are news stories about companies bringing jobs to the state, industries willing to train on the job with career advancement opportunities, and small businesses with hiring incentives and flexible shift work,” continued Ellzey.

”South Carolina employers also need to think creatively about how to incentivize and foster the state’s workers. This is the time to brainstorm automation opportunities, benefits packages, career pathways, and cross-training of skills and expertise,” said Ellzey.

“This is an exciting time for the state as we work together to address the needs of both job seekers and employers. Opportunities abound for young people, retired workers, entrepreneurs, traditional workers, people switching jobs or careers, and more. Through agency programs and collaborations through our partnership in the SC Works system, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce is actively leading the conversations and supporting methods to address all workforce opportunities and connections,” finished Ellzey.