MYRTLE BEACH — Despite a recent surge in hiring in the leisure and hospitality industry as well as a growing real estate market, a national survey on small business friendliness predicts that northeastern South Carolina will have the state’s worst hiring by small businesses in 2013.
The survey by thumbtack.com gave the state an A- overall for small business friendliness, up from a B+ last year, the first of the survey.
The survey ranks states on a number of parameters including ease of starting a business, ease of hiring, regulations, licensing and zoning.
South Carolina got its lowest mark, D+, for zoning and scored A- for ease of hiring and employment, labor and hiring.
Thumbtack.com is a website that helps businesses find contract employees. The survey, done in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, enlists information from 7,766 businesses nationwide.
Seven states received a higher overall mark than S.C., which was in a second tier of states that got A- grades and included Georgia, Nevada and Minnesota.
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