Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
This weekUniversity of South Carolina economists announced great news for South Carolina: Unemployment is downand job growth is on the rise.
But not everyone in the job market is finding the career they're looking for and that's concerning to economists.
Economists predictunemployment will continue to fall in 2014 as industries expandand more jobs become available. But one area of the economy that hasn't improved since the recession: the number of people working part-time jobs because they can't find full-time work.
Around 70% of people working part time jobs in South Carolina are doing it because they can't fine full time work. And that number is climbing.
"That's jumped up to 90% in 2013. Most of that jump occurred between 2007 and 2009. But its remained high and hasn't seen any appreciable decline," said USC research economist Joseph Von Nessen.
Currently one in five jobs across the nation is part-timeand that number hasn't changed since the height of the recession.
"In previous recessions, it would've come back down by this point," said Von Nessen.
"You're limiting your expenses, you're not able to go out there and spend in the economy and it has a multiplier effect," said Sue Berkowitz with the Appleseed Legal Justice Center.
At least one industry that relies heavily on part-time and seasonal workers actually grew this year. The tourism industry grew more than 4% in the third quarter of this year.
"When you see growth in that area, you're going to see growth in those types of jobs," said USC economist Doug Woodward. "We need broad-based recovery across many different sectors. Leisure and hospitality helps but we need finance, construction. The more diverse across different sectors of the economy, the healthier we are."
Economists worry the Affordable Care Act, if fully implemented, could have an impact on the number of part-time workers starting in 2015.
"A number of employers have very candidly said, 'We're going to cut people's hours so we will not be in a position to offer insurance.' I think that goes to show why we need to expand Medicaid. A lot of those employees would not be high paid employees, so they would be eligible for coverage under the Medicaid expansion," said Berkowitz.
So far, just 2,761 South Carolinians have signed up for health care through the government exchange web site.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>