High-paying jobs that require more than a high school education will continue to be in high demand in South Carolina and the Upstate through 2023 and beyond, employment experts say.

Even jobs that don’t require extensive training or education – such as restaurant cooks, bartenders, cashiers, manual laborers and customer service representatives – will also still be in high demand.

BMW Group in October announced plans to build a $700 million, 1 million-square-foot high-voltage battery assembly plant with 300 new jobs in Woodruff.

In other words, if you want a job, you can get one.

“I do not anticipate a slide downward in terms of demand,” said Johnnie-Lynn Crosby, regional director of business solutions for SC Works Greater Upstate. “All projections point to continued growth and opportunity for those interested in working.”

Spartanburg: A record year

In Spartanburg County, 2022 has been a banner year, no signs of letting up in 2023, according to County Councilman David Britt, chairman of the county’s economic development committee.

Through Nov. 21, a total of 2,042 new jobs have been proposed this year by existing and new companies seeking tax breaks, Britt said. The total investment announced by companies this year through November is $3.83 billion.

Spartanburg County held its second-ever hiring event in April at the Cleveland Park Event Center to fill job openings. Departments seeking to hire included the Sheriff's Office, detention center, 911, parks and recreation department, assessors office, solid waste, roads and bridges, solicitor's office, maintenance, and more. Tristan Parker, assistant training coordinator with Spartanburg County 911, chats with applicants during the event.

“That is by far the biggest record we have ever had in the history of Spartanburg,” Britt said. “We’ve recruited $10.7 million (of capital investment) every day, and the year’s not over. The reason we do it – for hope and opportunity. That’s the bottom line.

“Looking ahead, what is really mattering right now is people. That’s our number one infrastructure need, not roads or bridges, it’s people – sending the message that Spartanburg is a great place to live, work and play.”


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