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Mobile job-ready unit coming to Cottageville

Any Colleton County resident seeking a job can visit a new mobile job center that will soon be visiting the Cottageville area.
A traveling bus filled with on-site and job-ready applications will be coming to Cottageville Town Hall on Oct. 2nd. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., anyone who is looking for a job can apply on-site in the mobile unit. Job-seekers can also speak to a “career coach,” and learn about other opportunities and services provided through the State of South Carolina.
The mobile job-application unit and career coach services are a part of the state’s Employment and Workforce Department. The mobile unit is an office, complete with 10 work stations that are tied to internet access. The mobile unit also has on-site staff members from S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) can help tie Colleton County residents to jobs.
The entire approach of bringing job applications to individual communities is meant to cut down the hassle of residents having to find transportation to a county-designated employment office, according to Michelle Adams, regional manager for the DEW. As an office, the DEW “matches workers with jobs,” and is a bridge for people who are looking for employment, she said.
In addition to the mobile unit coming to Cottageville, Adams says several employers will also be on-site on October 2nd to meet potential candidates.
“Our Director, Dan Ellzey, has placed a priority during his first months in office in getting the Career Coach out into South Carolina’s rural areas,” said Adams. “
According to Adams, there are currently 11 jobs available within 10 miles of Cottageville and an additional 500 job offers within 25 miles of the town.
Colleton County’s most-recent documented unemployment rating from August was 3.4 percent, compared to 3.6 percent in July. Overall, state data says nearly 16,500 Colletonians are currently employed. Statewide, South Carolina set a new employment record in August, with the unemployment rating coming in at 3.2 percent. This is a record low.
Even nationally, the unemployment record is at a low 3.7 percent.
Adams says S.C. Career Coach and mobile unit help keep the local unemployment rates low by traveling to area job fairs and trade shows, putting people into jobs.
Cottageville Town Hall is located at 72 Salley Ackerman Drive in Cottageville.
Anyone wanting more information on the mobile unit can go to www.scworks.org/career_coach.

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