Labor Force and Employment

Cherokee County Employment by Sector1

Cherokee County Major Employers2

Company NameMajor ProductEmployees
Nestle Frozen Food CompanyFrozen Prepared Food1,583
The Timken CompanyTapered Roller Bearings1,000
EncompassTurnkey Contractor700
Milliken & Company Magnolia Finishing PlantDyeing and Finishing Cotton Fabrics600
Hamrick MillsPrint Cloth, Shade Cloth, and Sheeting431
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.School Bus & Motor Home Chassis348
Hamrick IndustriesTextile Cutting & Sewing265
Springfield LLCBroadwoven Fabrics246
Prime Outlets at GaffneyFactory Outlet Shopping100 Shops

Average Hourly Wages (HW) – Upstate South Carolina3

Occupational TitleMin. HW ($)Avg. HW ($)Max. HW ($)
Assemblers and Fabricators, except Machine, Electrical,    Electronic, and Pre7.589.0310.02
Combination Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic12.3213.6414.66
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers, Precision7.458.609.65
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators8.5810.6612.60
Machine Assemblers10.0710.2411.01
Machine Tool Cutting Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic11.7311.9213.06
Machinery Maintenance Mechanics13.3215.7918.04
Precision Inspectors, Testers, and Graders8.4710.7512.89
Tool and Die Makers13.2815.4517.82
Truck Drivers, Light, Include Delivery and Route Workers7.499.6210.97
Welders and Cutters9.9912.1914.48
Welding Machine Operators and Tenders9.7211.8413.80
All Other Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand6.688.018.68

Cherokee County Employment Labor Force4

 Civilian Labor ForceEmploymentUnemployment% Unemployment
199825,27424,391   8833.5
2002 (June)27,51025,3922,1187.7

Cherokee County Employment Labor Force5

Cherokee County Employment Labor Force6

Within a 15 mile radius:77,637Males — 45.6%Females — 53.5%
Within a 25 mile radius:238,772Males — 46.5%Females — 53.5%

Cherokee County Educational Attainment (Ages 16-69)7

 15 mile radius25 mile radius
High School Graduates60.8%62.7%
1-3 Years of College30.0%32.6%
College Graduates and above11.3%13.3%

1: Source: South Carolina Employment Commission 2000
2: Source: South Carolina Industrial Directory 1999-2000
3: Source: 1999 Occupational Employment and Wages by Substate Regions
4: Source: South Carolina Security Commission 8/02
5: Source: South Carolina Security Commission 1/02
6: Source: Appalachian Council of Government 8/02
7: Source: Appalachian Council of Government 8/02

Cherokee County Development Board
225 South Limestone Street
Gaffney, SC 29340