Workforce Availability

Workforce

Year

Greenville County

Greenville MSA*

2015 Annual Average

238,204

412,593

2014 Annual Average

233,231

409,882

2013 Annual Average

227,342

399,201

2012 Annual Average

223,636

393,788

2011 Annual Average

223,960

389,960

 Source: South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce and complied by Infomentum

Employed

Year

Greenville County

Greenville MSA*

2015 Annual Average

225,991

390,135

2014 Annual Average

221,069

387,513

2013 Annual Average

213,302

372,985

2012 Annual Average

207,778

363,369

2011 Annual Average

205,546

354,886

Source: South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce and complied by Infomentum

Unemployed

Year

Greenville County

Greenville MSA*

2015 Annual Average / Unemployment Rate 

12,213 (5.1%)

22,455 (5.4%)

2014 Annual Average / Unemployment Rate

 12,162 / 5.2%

22,369 / 5.5%

2013 Annual Average / Unemployment Rate   

14,040 / 6.2%

26,216 / 6.6%

2012 Annual Average / Unemployment Rate   

15,858 / 7.1%

30,419 / 7.7%

2011 Annual Average / Unemployment Rate   

18,414 / 8.2%

35,074 / 8.9%

Source: South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce and complied by Infomentum

* Greenville MSA = Greenville, Anderson, Laurens and Pickens Counties

 

Expanded Labor Pool (Potential Employees)

Source:

Potential Employees

Workers Commuting Out of Greenville County (2014)

62,631

Upstate SC High School Graduates (2015)

9,839

Total Degree Awarded by Upstate Colleges and Universities (2014-2015)

17,325

Students Enrollment in Upstate Colleges and Universities (2015)

83,291

Total Potential Employees

173,086

Source: SC Department of Commerce, SC Commission on Higher Education, SC Department of Education, Greenville Area Development Corporation, U.S. Bureau of the Census, and Infomentum

 

Commuting Patterns

2014 data showed that over 62,000 Greenville County residents commuted to jobs in other Upstate counties. Experience shows that workers in this group would take comparable jobs closer to home if given the opportunity.

Persons Reaching Employment Age (High School Graduates)

One of the largest groups of potential employees is considered to be those turning 18 each year in the Upstate.  Almost 10,000 students graduated from Upstate high schools in 2015. Of those graduating from high school, about 73.5% will continue on with their education. Most of the remaining graduates will enter the workforce.

College and Tech Graduates

Upstate South Carolina four-year Colleges and Universities produced almost 12,000 graduates each year.  Technical Colleges and two-year colleges produced another 5,500 graduates.

College Students

Those attending colleges in the Upstate account for an enrollment over 80,000. These students are potential interns, co-op partners, as well as part-time and seasonal employees.  This pool of talent provides companies a low-cost alternative for high quality white-collar support positions. Research shows that a majority of these graduates will remain in the area after graduation.


Other Considerations:

Persons Who Would Consider Re-entering Work Force

A 2009 Pathfinders Report estimates that 9,400 individuals in the Greenville MSA, who are not currently employed or actively seeking work, would consider re-entering the workforce. This group is mostly female (75 percent), generally well-educated and fully capable of entering the workforce, given sufficient opportunity and motivation.

The Under-Employed

The under-employed represent a large sector of potential employees.  These employees work 40 hours per week in jobs in which they are overqualified.  As a group, they have a strong work ethic and are among the first to respond to more rewarding job opportunities.  In 2009, Pathfinders reported the skills of 81,800 underemployed persons in the Greenville MSA.

Skills of 81,800 Underemployed for the Greenville MSA

Skills

Number with Skills

Office Operations

 49,900

Medical / Health Services

13,900

Warehouse / Materials Handling

45,800

Manufacturing / Assembly / Fabrication

46,600

Information Technology

36,000

Technician / Quality Assurance

23,700

Maintenance / Installation / Repair

31,100

Electronics / Engineering

18,000

Note: Individuals could report multiple skill sets.
Source: Pathfinders Independent Study, September 2009

  • Those willing to upgrade to New Job for $12.00/hour:                13,600
  • Those willing to upgrade to New Job for $16.00/hour:                37,300

Source: Pathfinders Independent Study, September 2009