The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that South Carolina will need to create 339,122 new jobs to recover from this recession. Stan Anderson of the U.S. Chamber explains, “These are creating new jobs, essentially. About eight million people across the country have lost their jobs and about 1.5 million have joined the work force from population growth and so that’s how we arrive at the number.”
The numbers come from a University of Kansas study of the national economy. The good news, says Anderson, is the U.S. Chamber says South Carolina has the right environment to create jobs. He cites the workforce, local infrastructure and being a right-to-work state. Anderson praised South Carolina’s innovative contributions, including $2.1 billion in research and development spending in 2005 alone.
Anderson is the managing director of the U.S. Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise.
(Listen to selection of interview with SCRN’s Ashley Byrd MP3 3:30)
Listen to selection of interview with SCRN’s Ashley Byrd MP3