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By: Chris Lavender, Staff Writer
Job growth in Spartanburg County continues to outpace most other regions in the state.
Since June 2016 the county has added more than 4,300 jobs, and with 2.9 percent job growth, it leads the Upstate, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Allen Smith, president and CEO of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, said the county’s economy continues to evolve and attract new companies that keep it diversified. Thirteen percent of the state’s total job growth occurred in Spartanburg County over the past year, according to Smith.
“We’re in some pretty elite company,” Smith said. “The job growth says a lot to the work of our people and collaboration with the Economic Futures Group.”
The report shows the number of manufacturing jobs in the county has reached nearly 30,000, a level that hasn’t been experienced since 2007. Smith said he expects positive job growth to continue in most sectors.
Spartanburg County Councilman Justin Bradley said the job growth numbers are a good sign and he expects more job announcements in the future that will further boost the county’s economy.
“In Spartanburg County, the biggest value is our people,” Bradley said. “As long as we keep doing what we are doing, there are only more positive things to come.”