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Business and Industry

South Carolina has mainly been known for textile industry, but times have changed and there is even more going on in the Easley area today. Manufacturing is the largest segment of the local economy making up 23 percent of the workforce, while education, health and social services is second at 21.2 percent. There are about 150 manufacturing facilities in Pickens County, affirming that it is the largest industry today. While the textile industry was the mainstay for years and ears, it is declining. As a result of that decline the unemployment rate is at 8.58 percent just short of the national rate of 10.80 percent in 2010.

The occupational breakdown for the Easley area shows management, professional and other related occupations at 33 percent, and sales and office occupations are at 25 percent. One of the world’s largest Kayak manufacturers, Confluence, is located in Easley, proving it is just not about textiles.

Many residents of Easley and Pickens County travel to different towns to work, which as strengthened the workforce. The Upstate (10 counties from Anderson to Spartanburg) area is creating alliances with Clemson and the University of South Carolina in Greenville, and companies like BMW, which has a major auto assembly plant in Greer, to create new research and development oriented jobs. A major industrial park, Pickens Commerce Park, is attracting new companies, creating a bright outlook into the economic future of Easley.

The Easley Chamber of Commerce also has a heavy hand in the economic development of the area. The Chamber promotes an ideal business environment, which encourages growth and community development with a concern for the people by continuously improving the quality of life in the greater Easley area.

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