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South Carolina Posts Strong Year in Industry Recruitment and International Trade

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The S.C. Department of Commerce recently released its 2016 industry recruitment and international trade results. In total, the state recruited more than $3.4 billion in capital investment, creating approximately 13,100 new jobs.

The state’s exporters posted a seventh consecutive record year with export sales of $31.3 billion – a $400 million increase over last year.

“Team South Carolina continues to elevate itself on the global economic stage,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Not only do we produce world-class products in our state, we transport and distribute those things to customers efficiently and effectively all over the world.”

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As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives.