South Carolina makes list of 'worst states to make a living'

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - has ranked the Palmetto State five out of ten for the worst places to make a living. The online site attributes high unemployment and low wages to the undesirable ranking.

At SC Works in Conway, folks weren't surprised.

"You have taxes, you have to live in a decent place, the cost of living, it's very difficult for a lot of people in this state," says Robert Kidd, a retired school teacher trying to supplement his income.

Kidd has been pounding the pavement for about six months and says he's turned away for many jobs because he's overqualified.

"They have to interview you, they have to accept your application but they don't hire me, they hire someone right out of college and save themselves $40,000, $50,000," Kidd says.

Kidd's story is just one of hundreds coming into the doors at SC Works. A little more than 187,000, or 8.6 percent, of people in the state are jobless.

That rate coupled, with low wages, is the reason South Carolina made the of list for the third year.

There is some good news locally however. In the past few weeks, two major companies, Essex Holdings and Harbor Freight Tools, announced nearly 500 jobs coming to the Pee Dee, and Horry County is fortunate to benefit from tourist season.  Since 2009, when the unemployment rate peaked at 12 percent things have been on a steady incline.

Hawaii, Mississippi, Rhode Island and New York also made the top five worst states to make a living.