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New jobs coming to the Grand Strand

Horry County Residents at the Coastal Workforce Center hunting for jobs Horry County Residents at the Coastal Workforce Center hunting for jobs

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) On the same day State Workforce officials announce dropping unemployment rates, local economic developers say hundreds of new jobs could be coming to the Grand Strand soon.

The South Carolina Employment and Workforce Commission released numbers on Tuesday stating the state unemployment dropped 0.4 percent to 10.5 between September and October.

In addition to dropping unemployment, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Brad Lofton said Horry County Council could approve a deal as early as next month to bring more than 200 jobs to the area.

"We've got a tremendous amount of activity which basically means companies that are interested in locating here and several of our existed industries are expanding now so life is pretty good," Lofton said.

Lofton said he can't reveal which companies are expanding in the area until the deals are done, but did say he expects to see the 200 new jobs available in the next 60 to 90 days.

"We feel for those folks and my team wakes up every day trying to figure out ways to create new jobs.  The good news is there are some good things coming," Lofton said.

Lofton said Horry County Council charged the MBREDC with creating 500 in 18 months, a number he expects to surpass.

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