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Spring Hiring Boom A Sign Of Things To Come

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It's about to get a lot more crowded at the Pleasantburg Home Depot.

“Each store is going to be doing 40-50 hires per store,” said Assistant Manager, Steve Green.

That’s 270 new spring hires at all Greenville Home Depots.

“Spring is one of our busiest times of the year, so we want to make sure we're ready for our customers and put our best foot forward,” he said.

While the folks at Home Depot are gearing up for Garden weather, experts tell 7 On Your Side that this spring time hiring isn't the only thing that's growing.

“If you look at unemployment rates, it's usually a factor of either a shrinking labor force or a growing employment number. In our case, over the last few months, it's been a growing employment number. That's what you want to see,” said Hank Hyatt.

Hyatt is the Vice President of Economic Development for the Greenville County Chamber. He took us through the numbers. At the end of 2013, Greenville County had the state's 2nd lowest unemployment rate at 4.9%. That's nearly 2% lower than one year before.

We asked what the difference is.

“Greenville is on the map now in ways that it wasn't a few years ago. We've really matured in our economy. Look at what's happened with BMW...the gift that keeps on giving,” said Hyatt.

Monday, a BMW job fair was held to fill 300 plant worker positions.

It's not just the expanding of individual workforces across the Upstate, but also investment in development of new ones, according to Hyatt.

Take a look at Cabellas. The sporting goods store is the first South Carolina. April 3rd, it opens its doors to customers and its 235 new employees.

“Lots of employers [are] hiring, it's just going to improve as time moves forward,” said Hyatt.

Spartanburg County has the 14th lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.9%. The unemployment rates in Laurens, Pickens and Anderson counties are also among the lowest in the state.


BMW: www.mau.com/bmwjobs

Home Depot: http://careers.homedepot.com/

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