Lancaster County, South Carolina is home to an eager workforce that brings a solid work ethic, high productivity, and an appreciation for the value of helping employers succeed. Within 75 miles, you’ll find nearly 2.2 million people who are ready to help your company succeed, including large numbers of workers with manufacturing and professional/technical skills.
Proof of their eagerness to work is the fact that South Carolina, a right-to-work state, has the third-lowest rate of unionization in the nation, at just 3.2 percent. So it comes as no surprise that our state also has America’s third-lowest labor costs. We’re also ranked in the top five for workforce development programs.
That commitment to a solid work ethic begins in our county’s classrooms, which have long had a focus on creating work-ready citizens with the skills employers need. Local educators at all levels have introduced innovative programs like these:
For statistical purposes, Lancaster's Eight-County Region includes Lancaster and it's seven surrounding counties.
All other mentions of Lancaster's Workforce Region refer to Lancaster and the 32 other counties that are within a 75-mile radius.
You’ll also find recent proof in the countywide program that put a Chromebook in the hands of every student to ensure that they’re adept with technology. High school students have access to STEM and other vocational programs.
The focus on employment skills extends into our local postsecondary provides. Both York Technical College and the Lancaster campus of the University of South Carolina maintain ongoing relationships with local employers to ensure that curriculum matches workplace expectations. York Tech’s faculty members have real-world experience that sharpens their ability to train the next generation of workers in both industrial and engineering technology and in business and IT areas. The schools’ efforts are supported through readySC™, one of the nation’s most enduring workforce development programs, which provides company-specific customized training prior to or during employment.