Published Jan. 17, 2013
South Carolina ranks first in attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to an analysis by IBM-Plant Location International.
Texas followed the Palmetto State in the ranking, and North Carolina came in at No. 3.
IBM’s annual Global Location Trends report looks at foreign investment around the world. It has a database that tracks announcements by companies on their location decisions throughout the year, according to a news release.
The numbers in this year’s report were based on data gathered in 2011.
“South Carolina is just right for business, and plenty of international companies know it. Hundreds of foreign firms employ tens of thousands of residents throughout our state, creating wealth and helping make the communities they’re in sustainable,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “The IBM-PLI report’s ranking is another confirmation that people are sitting up and taking notice of the economic development successes we’ve had here in the Palmetto State.”