New tool mixes aptitude test, data on what jobs are growing in Charleston

The Post & Courier
Thad Moore
July 18, 2016

The Lowcountry has added thousands of jobs since the recession, growing at a rate easily outpacing the rest of the country. And the hot industries point to a more diverse economy, as manufacturing and technology bolster an area that’s long been heavy on hospitality and the service sector.

But for all the positive signs locally, the region faces a fundamental challenge: making sure locals fill those jobs.

Business officials hope to chip away at the so-called talent gap — the divide between businesses’ needs and workers’ skills — by making it easier for students and people pondering career moves to anticipate what jobs are growing, and figure out how to land a new gig.

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