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Table rock in South Carolina
Table rock in South Carolina

South Carolina’s economy was predominantly dependent on agriculture until well into the 20th century. When industrialization did come to the state, it consisted largely of low-wage manufacturing firms. Thus, the average manufacturing wage in the state is among the lowest in the United States. The leading contributors to South Carolina’s gross product are the manufacture of nondurable goods, the services, government services, financial services, and trade. U.S. military facilities, such as Fort Jackson, at Columbia, the Marine Corps facilities at Parris Island and Beaufort, and air force bases at Sumter and Charleston, also are important to regional economies.

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South Carolina had a work force of 2,004,000 in 2008. The largest share of the workers, 33 percent, held jobs in service industries such as restaurants or data processing centers. Another 19 percent worked in wholesale or retail trade; 13 percent in manufacturing; 17 percent in federal, state, or local government, including those serving in the military; 7 percent in construction; 17 percent in finance, insurance, or real estate; 19 percent in transportation or public utilities; 2 percent in farming (including agricultural services), forestry, or fishing; and less than 1 percent in mining. Only 4.1 percent of South Carolina’s workers are unionized; in the 1990s the state had the lowest unionization rate in the country. "South Carolina" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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