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Demographics In Darlington County

Workforce

Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics & Analytics, 2016

The Darlington County labor shed draws from the following South Carolina counties, as well as Robeson County, North Carolina:

  • Chesterfield
  • Darlington
  • Dillon
  • Florence
  • Kershaw
  • Lee
  • Marlboro
  • Sumter

In 2014, the population of the labor shed region grew at an average annual rate of 0.4 percent.

  • Darlington County Labor Shed 56.1%
  • South Carolina 60.3%
  • United States 63.5%

The following information reflects ADULTS AGES 18-64

Darlington County Labor Shed
Participating Workforce – 297,221

Total Population – 636,389

South Carolina
Participating Workforce – 2,274,142

Total Population – 4,832,482

United States
Participating Workforce –157,940,014

Total Population – 318,857,056

Industry Focus

Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics & Analytics, 2016

The manufacturing and transportation/logistics sectors combined make up the largest industry in the state, employing nearly 44,000 people.

Average salaries in the region for the manufacturing/transportation sectors range from $42,200 to $49,700.

  • Manufacturing / Transportation 43,735 20%
  • Healthcare / Social Assistance 37,986 17%
  • Retail / Trade 28,007 13%
  • All Others 118,753 52%

Wages & Employment

The average annual wage for workers in the Darlington County labor shed was $35,579 at the end of 2015, compared to $51,444 nationally. Wages increased an average of 1.2% in the region over the year.

The cost of living, however, is 14.2% lower in the region compared to the nation, giving residents an average of nearly $6,000 more in purchasing power on an average wage of $36,000.

Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics & Analytics, 2016

At the end of 2015, the region employed 228,481 people, representing a 2.2% increase in employment.

Median household income in the region is $36,706, with the median house value at $93,025.

Darlington County Labor Shed – $36,004

South Carolina – $41,485

United States – $52,402

Darlington County Labor Shed – 85.8

South Carolina – 94.5

United States – 100.0

Darlington County Labor Shed – $41,960

South Carolina – $43,902

United States – $52,402

Education Levels

Of persons between the ages of 25 and 64, over 25 percent hold a degree from an institution of higher education (associates, bachelor’s or post-graduate degree) compared to 39.6 percent nationally.

Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics & Analytics, 2016

Darlington County Labor Shed

  • Postgraduate Degree 5.5%
  • Bachelor’s Degree 11.8%
  • Associate’s Degree 9.0%
  • Some College, no degree 21.2%
  • High School Diploma 35.9%
  • Total 83.5%

South Carolina

  • Postgraduate Degree 9.2%
  • Bachelor’s Degree 17.5%
  • Associate’s Degree 9.8%
  • Some College, no degree 22.0%
  • High School Diploma 29.1%
  • Total 87.6%

United States

  • Postgraduate Degree 11.4%
  • Bachelor’s Degree 19.9%
  • Associate’s Degree 8.8%
  • Some college, no degree 21.7%
  • High School Diploma 26.5%
  • Total 88.2%

SC Works & SC Work Ready Communities

South Carolina Works is the state employment agency. The Darlington County office is located in Hartsville.

SC Works Online Services links all of South Carolina’s state and local workforce services and resources.  This tool allows employers to post positions, search for candidates and review job market trends.

In 2015, Darlington County was named a South Carolina Work Ready Community, indicating that the county has a trained work force with skills that are in high demand.