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#ColumbiaAgenda: Home Values Up...Slightly, Unemployment Rises...Slightly, George Sink V. George Sink II, San Francisco Is Sinking

May 03, 2019 03:08PM ● By Chris Haire

By now you've read the national employment news--263K jobs were added last month while unemployment dropped to 3.6%. Here in the Palmetto State, 12,900 jobs were filled but the unemployment rate held steady at 3.2%. Among four of the major metros, unemployment actually increased, with Charleston's rising from 2.8% in February to 2.9% in March, Greenville rising from 2.9% to 3%, Columbia 3% to 3.1%, and Spartanburg 2.9% to 3%. Be that as it may, those are still great numbers.

And things look even better on the manufacturing front--the vehicle that has driven much of the Palmetto State's recent prosperity. In Charleston manufacturing grew by 2.6%, February 2018 to February 2019; in Greenville it was 1.4%; Columbia 3.7%; and Spartanburg, 5.1%

Statewide home sale prices are also up year to year, March '18-'19, rising from $196.8K to $207K. In Charleston, prices went from $255K to $270K; Greenville, $203K to $209; and Columbia, $167K to $172K. Spartanburg, however, saw a dip with the home sales price falling from $170K to $160K.

Building permits were down in Greenville and Columbia, up in Charleston, and flat in Spartanburg.

Breathe Youth Empowerment SUPER Saturday Camp: Breathe Youth Empowerment Organization presents another SUPER Saturday Camp, where students come to learn and engage in activities that foster character building, academic skills, team building, social skills, leadership, and community service.

Students between the ages of 7 to 14 are welcome. The camp will take place May 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Meadowlake Park Gymnasium (600 Beckman Rd, Columbia, SC 29203).

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Why pioneering Greenville restaurant owner Larkin Hammond is a big advocate for gluten-free food (Greenville News)

Lowcountry lawyer George Sink sues son George Sink Jr., over similar firm name(Live 5 News)

City of Columbia to purchase main downtown post office for possible Finlay Park expansion (The State)

Charleston County considering sale of Naval Hospital site to Cigar Factory developer (Post and Courier)

Lander University, Cosentino deny wrongdoing in defamation suit response (Greenwood Index-Journal)

CFO of Charleston’s Benefitfocus is leaving, third to depart in three years (Post and Courier)

AirBnB bookings surge for Clemson graduation, but not as much as these football weekends (Anderson Independent Mail)

New task force aims to control hotel growth in Charleston (Live 5 News)

SC to field offers for Santee Cooper, but lawmakers haven’t decided whether to sell it (The State)

GB&D and Bake Room are moving out of the Village of West Greenville and to the future Unity Park (Greenville News)

A bill requiring genetic counselors to obtain state licensing before they can practice is likely headed back to the drawing board. (Greenwood Index-Journal)

Construction at iconic building on Dave Lyle? Here’s what may be coming to Rock Hill (Herald)

Boeing’s Own Test Pilots Lacked Key Details of 737 MAX Flight-Control System (WSJ)

GSK dumps universal flu vaccine after interim data readout (Fierce Biotech)

Trump administration finalizes rule allowing providers to deny care over religious beliefs (Becker's Hospital Review)

U.S. Added 263,000 Jobs in April; Jobless Rate Fell to 3.6% (WSJ)

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John Katz
Columbia Fireflies 

The 2019 season will mark John Katz’s 27th year in professional sport marketing and management and his 21st as a team’s top executive. Katz has been part of Hardball Capital’s management and ownership team since 2006. He was the owner’s representative on the design, development and construction of the award-winning Spirit Communications Park.
Alongside his dynamic and talented leadership team, Katz oversees the day-to-day operations of the Fireflies and Spirit Communications Park. This summer, the Fireflies will welcome their one millionth Fireflies fan to the ballpark.
Katz is also an adjunct professor in the University of South Carolina’s Sport Management department. He serves as a board member for Experience Columbia SC, the Columbia Urban League, and Katrina’s Kids Foundation.