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2022 Charleston Metro Area Talent Demand Study


December 27, 2022

By Jacki Renegar, Director of Research & Business Intelligence

With the recent economic development announcement in Berkeley County — the largest in South Carolina’s history in terms of investment — we can reflect on how fortunate we are to live and work in a vibrant and growing region where jobs are plentiful.  As we look ahead to the new year, a recently completed regional talent demand study validates this prosperity.  The 2022 Charleston Metro Area Talent Demand Study, conducted by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, projects 35,700 net new jobs will be added by the end of 2026 to the region’s 2021 employment base of 370,000.

The study analyzed the projected talent demand of Charleston area employers in three ways:

  • largest number of new jobs to be created
  • highest job growth rate (%)
  • largest number of employment separations (job openings resulting from retirements, promotions, career changes or other reasons)

Also included in the report are the analysis of shifts over time in the racial diversity of our region’s workforce, trends in remote work, potential talent shortages, and other topics. CMCC and CRDA have conducted this study biennially since 2014 to help the region’s schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, non-profits, and other workforce development entities to collaborate and align the training and skillsets of our local workforce with the needs of local employers.

Check out the details in this year’s report here.

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