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While urban areas flourish, high joblessness persists in many counties

Posted on 22 July 2013 | 11:47 am

Frank Hefner, director of the office of economic analysis at the College of Charleston, said one of the problems in identifying private-sector growth is that sometimes companies are dependent on the government for their work.

“We have a lot of that in South Carolina,” he said. He cited a Charleston firm that contracts with federal defense agencies.

“That puts a question mark on job growth sometimes, especially with the current (federal) budget problems,” he said.