UNION COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Union County leaders are working to get more jobs for more people.
They hope a new Goodwill Store that opened Wednesday can help with that effort.
“Three years ago I came to a job connection looking for a job myself,” said Goodwill Job Connections Upstate Team. “Now I’m team lead for the Upstate.”
Blackwell wants to help other people find employment the same way she did.
“The first and foremost thing is for them to come to the job connection here,” said Blackwell.
A Job Connection is inside the brand new Goodwill store that opened off North Duncan Bypass, along with scores of various items that people can buy for less than retail – from clothes to furniture.
People can also make donations.
“Our mission can help people,” said store manager Makayla Hill. “That what it comes down to.”
Union County can use that help.
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reports Union County’s unemployment rate was at 4% in March, the highest in the Upstate, but lower than this time last year.
“What happens when you look at unemployment for a period of time, a lot of time folks drop off the rolls, so they’re not quite counted,” said Union County Supervisor Frank Hart. “We do have just a segment of the population that is not qualified for those jobs.”
That’s why he said partners like Goodwill’s Job Connection are important.
People can walk in where they will sit down to discuss what they’re looking for, what types of jobs are available, and how to get those jobs.
“Resumes, we help them with our training program we have through Goodwill,” said Blackwell.
Programs to build the workforce county leaders said is needed.
“The folks that are really going to win in the future are going to be those communities that can demonstrate that they’ve got a pipeline of trained employees,” said Hart.
Hart said they’re making strides.
“We’ve had a lot of new industry we’ve recruited,” said Hart. “We’ve got a lot of jobs.”
He said they’re working to ensure more good is on the way for Union County.
“We’re here with open arms to help those to help those who need help finding a job,” said Blackwell.
She said job fairs are on the way as well on May 20th and May 28th.