While urban areas flourish, high joblessness persists in many counties

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.



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