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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CHESTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - New job numbers released Friday by The U.S. Department of Labor show a drop in the unemployment rate for South Carolina to 7.1 percent in November, down four-tenths of a point since October.
It's the closest the state has been to the national rate since 2002, which currently sits at 7 percent.
While some counties like York are seeing success, its neighbor Chester County, historically has not.
County leaders told WBTV they plan to turn things around in 2014.
"It's been Kind of hard," said job seeker Dienn Matott.
Work has been tough to come by for Matott.
She's been trying to find steady work in York County, one of the state's more booming counties, for 2 years.
Now she plans on moving to Chester County, one of the state's worst counties for jobs, because of an optimistic future.
"Well I live in York and jobs are very hard to come by up there. I'm originally from Chester and jobs here are booming, I believe," said Matott.
Back in October, Chester County officials announced JN Fibers Inc. will bring in more than 300 jobs to the area and now they're saying that's just the start of more businesses coming to the county.
"At one point we were bleeding like someone cut our throat, just bleeding jobs. It was a terrible thing, but now in the last year or so, it's turned around," said Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.
Roddey says the county's Economic Development Commission is already in talks to bring several major businesses to Chester in the new year.
He believes this is the kick start that the county needs to reduce its unemployment rate which sat at 10.2 percent in October.
"I think it's going to be a very prosperous new year because I think we're on the verge of some fairly nice size businesses coming to Chester County," said Roddey.
As for Matott, she remains positive that jobs in her home county will flourish next year.
"I'm confident it's going to be a booming 2014," said Matott.
According to Governor Nikki Haley's office, more than two million South Carolinians are now employed, the highest level since July 2008.
This month's unemployment rate for the Palmetto State marks four straight months of decline.
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 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 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 >>