Job fair Saturday in county with highest unemployment in SC

Governor Nikki Haley speaking in Marion County Saturday/Lindsey Theis

Marion County has long had the highest unemployment rate in the state. Saturday, Governor Nikki Haley was in town for a day of providing help with finding a job, as well as a health fair. Within the first hour, more than 350 people had come through the doors.

"It's really sad because there are people in Marion who want to work," said Charles Williams of Marion. "I'm just here to find a summer job."

Governor Haley's Originial Six Foundation hosted Marion County Day at Marion County Technical Education Center in Mullins.

Vanessa Humphrey of Marion was looking for full-time work.

"I'm not looking for a welfare check I'm looking for a paycheck," she said.

A majority of employers on scene were hiring for second shift, low paying, or hourly positions. Within an hour, some of those at the job fair said booths had run out of paper applications.

"I told one of them to make copies," Humphrey said.

This is the second community day held in the state by the foundation. The foundation says it was organized as part of a major statewide initiative to provide the tools and resources needed for challenged South Carolina communities to grow economically.

"We want to support neighbors helping neighbors. From helping employers connect with employees to encouraging healthy families. Raising awareness throughout our state will encourage family projects, school and church projects, civic group projects from all areas of the state committed to helping our neighbors in Marion County and beyond," said Gov. Haley.

Activities included a job fair, resume and financial advice. Information about continuing education programs and G.E.D. sign-ups as well as literacy programs were also available. The Health Carnival included free medical, dental, eye, chiropractic and diabetic screenings as well as information about health programs and Medicaid eligibility.