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Despite ubiquitous “help wanted” signs, more than 2.3 million people are employed in South Carolina. “We are very excited to announce that South Carolina currently has more people employed than at any time in our history,” S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce executive director Dan Ellzey said Friday in a news release. The number of those working exceeds the previous high by 4,300, recorded in October 2019, the Greenwood Index-Journal reported. More: Greenwood Index-Journal

In other headlines:

Descendants of John C. Calhoun sue City of Charleston. The descendants of former U.S. Vice President and defender of slavery John C. Calhoun have filed a lawsuit against the City of Charleston for the removal of a statue dedicated to Calhoun in 2020. The suit comes amid the city mulling whether to lend the shelved statue to an art exhibit in California. More: WCBD

Memo alleges IAAM museum struggling with turnover, morale. The International African American Museum’s former director of planning and operations Bernice Chu is expressing concerns about staffing, leadership and diversity at the Charleston museum, which has yet to open to the public. More: The Post and Courier

Readers pick the humble sugar cookie as S.C.’s favorite. The top Christmas cookie in the state has been selected as the sugar cookie. The Mexican wedding cookie (also known as snowballs) and the chocolate chip cookie came in second and third, respectively. More: The State/The Charlotte Observer

Outgoing Columbia mayor heading to Harvard for fellowship. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s office announced Monday he will teach a course in health policy and leadership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health during the spring 2022 term. Benjamin has served as mayor of Columbia since 2010 and did not seek reelection this year. More: AP News

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