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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s embattled, incompetent “jobs agency” is shedding at least seventy-five employees – its second major reduction in force in the last four months.

Last October, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) shed 136 jobs.

Sources tell FITS the employees being laid off are “people working the front lines with customers.” Meanwhile the agency’s upper management – led by retired general Abraham Turner – continues to add staff and enjoy lavish taxpayer-funded retreats.

“If things are so bad, why does (leadership) keep hiring highly paid supervisors?” a source familiar with the layoffs tells FITS. “Look at the listings on the job portal, almost everyone is at the management level. Who is going to do the work when all the employees are gone and only the micro managers are left?”

Good question …

Obviously none of these layoffs (or the October layoffs) will result in taxpayer savings – because as we’ve noted on numerous occasions South Carolina state government has no mechanism for rebating surpluses or savings back to the people.

SCDEW has been one disaster after another since Haley took office.  According to federal statistics, one out of every five dollars in unemployment benefits doled out by the agency is awarded erroneously – the eighth-highest percentage in the nation.  Not only that, South Carolinians who use the agency’s reemployment services take an average of 26.5 weeks to get off of the public dole.  Those who do not use SCDEW took only 22.3 weeks to find gainful employment.

That’s astounding … and further proof that government has no business “competing” in the job placement industry.

SCDEW received $231 million in the current fiscal year budget. The agency is still paying down a massive $933 million tab it owes the federal government for recession-era unemployment benefits. Most of this debt is being repaid in the form of tax hikes on businesses, although Haley and the “Republican-controlled” S.C. General Assembly decided in 2011 to shift $146 million of this burden directly onto the backs of individual taxpayers.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina,” right?