Haley touts 40K new jobs that may be years away

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley touts that more than 40,000 jobs have been announced during her tenure, but no one can say how many of those planned jobs have become reality.

Many employers won't fill those jobs for years. Some plans will simply fall through.

Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt says announcements represent a jobs pipeline. Companies generally have five to seven years to fulfill their commitments, depending on the incentives contract they sign.

Haley's office bragged Dec. 11 of surpassing 40,000 new jobs with 301 economic development projects.

As of Thursday - 11 announcements later - 312 projects have promised a combined 38,536 jobs since Haley took office. That's according to a list from Commerce. The administration reached 40,000 by adding 4,000 jobs at Wal-Mart and 350 at Tanger Outlet.

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