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The Berkeley County delegation, County, Town, and Business leaders have done a phenomenal job of bringing industry and jobs into Berkeley County.  The Berkeley County unemployment rate has been steadily declining over the last 7 years.  As of September, 2017, according to SC Dept of Employment and Workforce, the unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) in Berkeley County was 3.5%, which is lower than the State average of 3.8%.  

One of the fastest growing employment opportunities will come from the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Industry.  This is also one of the highest paid industries.  This "Tech Economy" in Charleston is growing faster than the national average.  I believe the professional, scientific, and technical services industry will continue to grow in the foreseeable future and will expand into Berkeley County.  Our workforce needs to be ready.

At this time, we still have businesses that can't find workers and workers who can't find jobs. The key to connecting workers with jobs is three-fold: an educated workforce, additional transportation options, and associated infrastructure.  I am confident that by bringing the right people and organizations together we can address this issue.

In addition, we must continue to support our small businesses which are the lifeblood of our communities.  I will work to implement growth in small business incentives and a decline in restrictive small business regulations.  We should make it easy to start a small business and stay in business. 

Paid for by Sylleste Davis for SC House 100
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