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Economic Community Data

The Charleston Region’s economy has undergone a significant shift from a military/defense-dependent economy to one now more diversified and anchored around the activities of the Port of Charleston, multi-billion dollar visitor industry, healthcare industry, growing manufacturing sector and military.

While Joint Base Charleston is still the region’s largest employer, a variety of industries make up the other top employers including the Medical University of South Carolina (Hospital, Post-secondary education/research), The Boeing Company (Aerospace manufacturing) and Blackbaud Inc. (Computer software development & design).

Major Employers- Charleston, SC Metro Area

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Additional Resources:

Charleston Regional Development Alliance
BCD Council of Governments
SC Department of Commerce
Census Bureau
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Regional Competitiveness Center