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The Charleston Metropolitan area saw a 6.6% increase in job growth last year, which was the second highest rate in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“It really goes to show that our region is thriving,” said Celeste Granger, vice president of Talent Development at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, told WCSC TV.

The chamber is currently piloting a federal grant to get marginalized communities into higher paying roles in the health care industry and is hoping to translate it to other industries, such as technical ones like heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. 

“We were so used to saying, you know, for so long that there needed to be a four-year degree,” Granger said. “There doesn’t necessarily need to be that.”

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce said it projects nearly 36,000 new jobs by the end of 2026.

In other headlines:

43 people face 170 charges from drug trafficking operation. State officials Thursday announced more than 40 people are facing charges of smuggling illicit drugs from Mexico to South Carolina’s Upstate region, including two inmates in a state prison who are accused of facilitating the operation while incarcerated. Overall, there were 170 charges against 43 defendants. Seven of the defendants have allegedly fled to Mexico; 34 have been arrested.

Human skulls destined for Manning spark theories. Rumors have circulated around Manning, S.C., for two weeks after the Mexican National Guard announced human skulls were sent from one of Mexico’s most violent areas to the rural Pee Dee city. No official reports have been sent to local law enforcement about the skulls, or even the intended recipient, since news broke Dec. 30, prompting theories among law enforcement and locals.

New subvariant possible increase of Covid-19 hospitalizations according to hospital officials. Hospital officials in South Carolina believe the increase in Covid-19 related hospitalizations is the cause of a new subvariant. According to the CDC, South Carolina is in the high or medium levels of Covid-19 infections.

Historic home of Black pastor OK’d to move. The Charleston Board of Architectural Review approved a proposal to move a 112-year-old home from 15 Radcliffe St. to 120 St. Philip St. Once the house has been moved, it will receive renovations.

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina seeks to expand. The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina has announced plans to expand the resort and marina to keep up with growing demand. The marina has 459 slips, which resort management says is not enough. The resort has submitted a request to the Army Corps of Engineers to expand the marina, which is still under review.

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