South Carolina's energy staffing has been buoyed by a number of recent solar, wind and other green projects.
Recent announcements by a Greenville-based solar panel manufacturer are indicative of this trend, as the company is reportedly planning to construct solar systems in Blacksburg on the site of the former TNS Mills textile plant, reports The Associated Press.
Production of the solar panels is reportedly expected to begin by next spring, with expansion plans bringing more than 200 new energy jobs and 20 corporate jobs over the next four years, according to the news source.
The uptick in energy staffing comes as South Carolina's overall energy picture is brightening. The Charleston Post and Courier reports the state's unemployment rate dipped from 10.9 percent to 10.5 percent in October. The state's Department of Workforce and Employment noted the largest employment growth was seen in the industries of health services, education, trade, transportation and utilities.
South Carolina's unemployment decrease coincides with a similar drop in the national rate, which fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 9 percent in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.