Eighty-five percent of Spartanburg's job growth is in manufacturing. Usually there are many manufacturing jobs available in the area, even though the unemployment rate is high. Students and parents need to be educated about jobs that are available in the region in which they live. A majority of the time, high school students' career interests do not correspond to the available jobs. The #1 career path chosen by high school students in the Spartanburg area is CSI investigator, and #2 is video game programmer. These jobs are not widely available in the Spartanburg area. There are also many misconceptions, as to perceived working conditions in modern factories, compared to the past. The Upstate Chamber, the Upstate Regional Education Centers and manufacturers are working to educate everyone about workforce opportunities in the area.
The Upstate of SC is truly an international community. Spartanburg celebrates this cultural diversity annually with this Festival.
Gaffney native Father Lyndon Harris was the priest in charge of the St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral that is located directly across the street from where the World Trade Center Towers once stood. In this Web feature, Father Harris speaks from the heart about his experiences during the events of September 11, 2001 and the days that followed. Amid photos contrasting the devastation at Ground Zero and those of compassionate first-responders and community volunteers, Harris unapologetically recalls the emotional vulnerability he experienced as he dealt with feelings of anger, pain and forgiveness.