South Carolina's Employment Situation released March 2011 by SC Department of Employment and Workforce

Florence County Unemployment:   

  2007 2008 2009 2010
Labor Force 62,425 63,301 64,926 63,922
# Unemployed 3,767 4,514 7,580 7,224
Unemployment Rate 6.00% 7.10% 11.70% 11.50%

Florence MSA Labor Force Jan 2011: 94,424

Florence Region Labor Market  

2010 Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Chesterfield 18,852 15,981 2,871 15.23%
Darlington 31,550 27,596 3,954 12.57%
Dillon 14,150 12,007 2,143 15.33%
Florence 63,922 56,698 7,224 11.46%
Georgetown 31,332 27,599 3,733 12.11%
Horry 132,813 117,171 15,642 11.93%
Marion 13,221 10,605 2,617 19.93%
Marlboro 12,003 9,787 2,216 18.63%
Williamsburg 16,096 13,773 2,323 14.67%
NESA Region 333,938 291,217 42,722 12.80%
South Carolina 2,159,367 1,919,058 240,308 11.28%
US       9.64%

 

 
 Unemployment Trend Pic Website wout US


2010 Employment by Industry

Since 2005, companies such as Honda, Heinz, Monster, Roche, General Electric, QVC, Johnson Controls and others have created more than 4,800 jobs in Florence County via the construction of new facilities or the expansion of existing operations. South Carolina’s readySC has provided recruitment and pre-employment training services for approximately half of these new positions. The average ratio of applicants to openings for these new jobs has been 11.5 to 1 (i.e., for every potential new job, more than 11 applicants have applied for each training slot).


Florence County Gross Retail Sales & Net Taxable Sales Data:

       Fiscal Year         (July to June) Gross Sales Net Taxable Sales
2008-2009 $4,449,052,825 $1,666,504,834
2007-2008 $4,842,976,040 $1,869,603,278
2006-2007 $4,744,971,142 $1,970,636,892
2005-2006 $4,510,476,736 $1,877,320,205
2004-2005 $4,234,201,299 $1,802,712,035
2003-2004 $3,779,812,020 $1,629,404,970
2002-2003 $3,558,746,845 $1,625,924,620
2001-2002 $3,205,691,023 $1,532,245,767
2000-2001 $3,094,418,263 $1,400,708,934

 

   Florence County is ranked number 8 out of the 46 counties in South Carolina in Net Taxable Sales 

Rank County Net Taxable Sales
1 Greenville $5,887,262,131
2 Charleston $5,669,005,949
3 Richland $5,181,384,760
4 Horry $5,175,237,039
5 Lexington $3,010,737,056
6 Spartanburg $2,686,534,455
7 York $1,720,310,870
8 Florence $1,666,504,834
9 Anderson $1,486,499,863
10 Berkeley $1,425,803,060
11 Aiken $1,107,117,862

Source: South Carolina Department of Revenue - Annual Reports

 

Miscellaneous Labor Data for Florence County:
 

 

Males in Labor Force 47%
Females in Labor Force 53%
Population Working Outside the County 12.3%
Average Commute Time to Work 18.9 minutes

Source: South Carolina Department of Commerce, Census Data


Additional Reading:

 Florence County Commute to Work Patterns