South Carolina's unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent in November from 7.5 percent the previous month, the state Department of Employment and Workforce reported. Richland County's unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent from 6.9 percent, and — as usual — Lexington County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 5.2 percent. Statewide, the largest job gains were in the trade, transportation and utilities sector (4,600 jobs), followed by government (2,700) and manufacturing (1,100).
The Columbia-based Edens firm landed a major capital investment of $1.5 billion, The State reported, $1 billion of it from investment firm Blackstone. Edens develops shopping centers — including Cross Hill Market locally — nationwide. The new investment will boost the company's potential to grow and its national profile.
A conference committee of state lawmakers met Dec. 19 to discuss government restructuring proposals, Adam Beam reported. Among the ideas under discussion is abolishing the Budget and Control Board and replacing it with a Department of Administration. They came to no agreement and agreed to reconvene in January.
The University of South Carolina men's basketball team continues to struggle, the latest manifestation being a humiliating loss to USC-Upstate. The women's team, however, is 9-1 and ranked No. 10 nationally in the most recent AP poll.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: