South Carolina's unemployment rate has been at or above eight percent every month in 2013, and Governor Nikki Haley made a point to mention jobs in her visit to the Grand Strand Monday.
The governor stopped at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to meet one-on-one with constituents, who were allowed to discuss any issues with her.
One issue that was brought up several times was jobs. After the meetings, she explained her plan to reduce unemployment. "We have announced almost 39,000 jobs in 45 out of 46 counties. South Carolina is on fire right now, but we're going to continue to focus on the workforce to make sure it's our South Carolinians that are getting these jobs."
Following the constituent meetings, Governor Haley went just down the road to talk more about jobs, speaking to a convention of more than 100 realtors at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. She opened her talk by detailing how she hopes to bring jobs to the state by taking care of already existing businesses.
Realtor Don Smith said those jobs mean more potential sales for him.
"The businesses bring jobs, jobs bring families, families buy homes, and their parents come down to retire because that's where the younger families are with the grandkids so it means a lot of transactions for the home community," Smith explained.
Haley has held constituent meetings across the state since becoming governor in January 2011.