The Official Web Site of the State of South Carolina

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Partner Agencies

SC Works

In partnership with DEW, SC Works provides all jobseekers with career counseling, job referrals, testing and training services, and resume-writing assistance. With centers located in every region of the state, employment representatives are available to help you find the resources, services and job opportunities that will help put you back to work.

Visit for assistance finding a job, finding an employee, to read labor market information, discover workforce resources or to find the contact information for you local SC Works center.

Operation Palmetto Employment

A statewide initiative launched by former Governor Nikki Haley and supported by the S.C. National Guard and S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, Operation Palmetto Employment is a commitment to help our service members, family members and veterans with meaningful careers.

Learn more about Operation Palmetto Employment

South Carolina Department of Commerce

The South Carolina Department of Commerce promotes economic opportunity for individuals and businesses, including workforce development. As part of that role, the department administers the S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development. Charged with coordinating economic development efforts by state agencies involved in the recruitment of new business and the expansion of current enterprises throughout the state, the council is comprised of the heads or board chairs of 11 state agencies whose mission includes economic development.

Visit the S.C. Department of Commerce website.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of business in the Palmetto state. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

The Chamber provides leadership to increase prosperity for the state by:

  • Creating a shared, collaborative vision for South Carolina.
  • Increasing productivity through an educated and highly-skilled, capable workforce.
  • Advocating a balanced, predictable tax and spending system.
  • Fostering a favorable climate among members and their employees.
  • Promoting the positive impact of a successful business community in South Carolina.

Learn more about the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.

The State Workforce Development Board

The mission of the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) is to create a competitive workforce advantage for South Carolina by ensuring that a quality and effective workforce system exists to improve the prosperity of businesses and the lives of South Carolinians.

SWDB’s aim is to drive workforce development by providing direction to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) and the workforce system on workforce development issues, particularly those pertaining to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

South Carolina Department of Corrections

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) protects citizens by confining offenders in controlled facilities and by providing resources to prepare inmates for their reintegration into society. The mission of SCDC is safety, service and stewardship: SCDC protects the public, the employees and the inmates, provides rehabilitation and self-improvement opportunities for inmates, and promotes professional excellence, fiscal responsibility and self-sufficiency.

In an effort to prepare returning citizens for employment and independence upon release, SCDC and DEW created a partnership called Second Chance. Started as a pilot project in a Columbia facility, the Second Chance program is expanding to additional facilities. Through this initiative, DEW provides a full-time employee, coaching and materials to assist returning citizens in work-skills training. The tools they learn through the Second Chance program help leverage the skills they’ve acquired through the work programs.

Visit the S.C. Department of Corrections website.