York, Chester and Lancaster counties all saw an increase in their unemployment rates in June, but there's hope on the horizon for the area's jobless.
Mark Farris, York County's economic development director, told me today that two companies are planning projects that will bring around 240 jobs to the area. He declined to name the companies, but said one will occupy an existing building in Fort Mill and the other will involve the expansion of an existing company in Clover.
And consider this, too:
--Walmart is filling 375 positions at its store opening in Newport next month. Positions are still available, a spokeswoman told me today.
--FedEx will open a $14 million distribution center in Fort Mill’s Lakemont Business Park in the fall, bringing 150 jobs, including 22 permanent full-time positions and more than 80 part-time jobs. See fedex.com/careers for employment information.
--Liberty National Life Insurance Co. held a job fair in Charlotte this week that also targeted Rock Hill workers. The company expects to fill more than 100 sales positions.
There are others bringing jobs, too. In all, the county should see hundreds of new jobs created or announced in the coming months. It won't solve the unemployment problem by any means, but it should certainly offer hope to the many local folks out of work.
York County's unemployment rate now sits at 14.6 percent, up 5 percentage points from May. Chester County's jobless rate jumped to 21.9 percent in June, while Lancaster County's rose to 19.1 percent.
Overall, the state's rate was flat at 12.1 percent.
Look for a full story on the situation in Satuday's Herald.