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South Carolina ranked No. 1 for jobs linked to foreign investment

For the third time in the last four years, IBM-Plant Location International (IBM-PLI) has ranked South Carolina first per million inhabitants in attracting jobs through foreign investment. In this year’s report, the Palmetto State is ranked above Tennessee and Kentucky, which are second and third, respectively.

“The reason we’ve seen so much success in recruiting international companies to South Carolina is our highly-skilled workforce that has proven, time and time again, that it’s capable of making any product, and making it well,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “With major companies like Daimler and Volvo Cars continuing to move into our state, we have shown the world that when you invest in our state and her people, we will wrap our arms around you and warmly welcome you to the South Carolina family. This ranking by IBM-Plant Location International truly is a testament to everything that South Carolina has to offer as a destination for businesses from around the world.”

In addition to ranking first in foreign investment job creation per capita in this year’s report, the Palmetto State also holds the spot for job creation through both foreign and out-of-state domestic investment per capita. Furthermore, South Carolina ranks third in total absolute jobs created through foreign investment.