Thursday, September 27, 2012

SC's War on Workers = 9.6% unemployment rate

Mismanaging SC's economy.
TeamsterPower's morning commute on public transit was nastily disrupted by a loud conversation among South Carolina jackasses businessmen. They were praising their union-hating governor, Nikki Haley, because "she has a real nice manner and she's done a great job with economic development."

About that nice manner: Haley was widely reported to have said,
There’s no secret I don’t like the unions. We are a right-to-work state. I will do everything I can to defend the fact we are a right-to-work state. We are pro-business by nature. I want us to continue being pro-business. If they don’t like what I said, I’m sorry, that’s how I feel.
Charming. And guess how well her pro-business nature is working? Not so well, regardless of what those jackasses on the train think. South Carolina has the sixth worst unemployment rate in the country. Reported the Associated Press last week,
South Carolina's jobless rate held fast at 9.6 percent in August, essentially remaining the same as in July, the state Department of Employment and Workforce reported Friday. 
The July rate had inched up from a 9.4 percent rate in June... 
Nationally, the unemployment rate decreased from 8.3 percent in July to 8.1 percent in August...
And it's no surprise that wages have gone down in South Carolina since Haley took office last year. Economy News reports,
When Haley took office average weekly pay for a SC worker was $775. The latest data from the BLS shows that 2011 third quarter average SC weekly pay is now $746. Nearly a 4% decrease in weekly wages over a year’s span.
And just last week, medical device manufacturer Covidien announced it's shutting down its Seneca, S.C., plant and moving it to Costa Rica. Six hundred jobs will be lost.

Heckuva job, Nikki.