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The state Department of Employment and Workforce launched Wednesday a new task force aimed at quelling staff shortages at South Carolina businesses.

The S.C. Labor Force Participation Task Force hopes to increase state worker "participation rates," which they said South Carolina has one of the lowest in the nation.

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"If we look at quit, resignation, and hire rates within the state, we see people shifting between jobs and trying new careers,” DEW Executive Director Dan Ellzey said in a public statement. “However, with more than 100,000 posted jobs in the SC Works Online Services (SCWOS) database, businesses are still struggling from staff shortages."

Ellzy added the Task Force will try to learn the root causes of the state's low participation rate.

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The Task Force will be produced through a collaboration with the Department of Employment and Workforce, the S.C. Council on Competitiveness, state agencies, businesses and colleges. Meetings are planned through the spring and summer of this year, and the Task Force plans to release its findings in the fall.

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A list of Task Force members is below:

  • Dr. Aspen Gorry, Clemson University
  • Dr. Orgul Ozturk, University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Frank Hefner, College of Charleston
  • Dr. Laura Ullrich, Federal Reserve
  • Ron Hetrick, EMSI
  • Dr. Chris Chmura, Chmura Economics
  • Julia Pollak, ZipRecruiter
  • Dr. Kory Kantenga, LinkedIn
  • John Uprichard, CEO, Find Great People
  • Frank Rainwater, Executive Director, S.C. Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office
  • Dr. Mike Mikota, President, Spartanburg Community College
  • Dr. Bryan Grady, Labor Market Information Director, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Dr. Erica Von Nessen, Research Economist, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
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