From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Pay-scales report has surprising revelations

A snapshot of the economy in 2010 came out this week. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the county-level personal income data.

 

The average wage per job was an eye-opening number. You would think that by virtue of the large collection of big homes in Columbia County, it would rule the wage department in our six-county metro area. Nope.

 

Aiken County had an average wage per job of $46,561. (It could be the effect of the Obama administration stimulus funding for Savannah River Site, because the number of jobs shot up from 2009 to 2010.)

 

Richmond County was second at $42,240 per job.

 

Burke County jobs were paying $40,453 in 2010.

 

Then we get to Columbia County. For the people working there, the jobs averaged $34,205 annually.

 

(For those who must know, Edgefield County jobs averaged $32,140, and McDuffie County jobs averaged $31,989.)

 

HOTEL PLANS: Plans have been filed with the city for a 123-room, extended-stay hotel on Walton Way Extension. Home 2 Suites by Hilton will be 106,000 square feet and is awaiting sign-off in the city development office.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Site Selection magazine, the equivalent of Cosmo for economic developers, put the new Bridgestone big-tire plant – under construction in Granitveille – in the honorable mention list for the 2011 top deals in North America. It will appear in the issue in which the magazine staff names its competitiveness award winner, which is in Virgina.

 

MORE ON SHOOTERS: Eric Tindall said he sold Shooters, 1025 Patriots Way in Martinez, to Buddy Lichty so that he could concentrate on other businesses.

 

Tindall had operated the indoor shooting range and firearms sales business since 1992, said David Yezbak, a business broker at Sunbelt Business Brokers, which sells businesses.

 

Before purchasing Shooters, Lichty worked as a computer consultant. He was traveling a lot and wanted to be closer to home.

 

Shooters sells billiard, table tennis, foosball and bumper pool tables. It also carries game-room furniture, accessories, handguns and ammunition, and it has a shooting range.

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You guessed it...Frank Stallone
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You guessed it...Frank Stallone 05/02/12 - 05:10 am
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Dare I say Tim Rausch =

Dare I say Tim Rausch = Countyman?

A lot of high earners in Richmond County actually live in Columbia County so that would explain the average wage per county job statistic. The majority of the jobs in CC are service jobs intended to cater to the people that live there but commute to RC for employment. Household income would be a better stat to explain the "big houses in Columbia Connty" phenomenon.

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raul 05/04/12 - 02:28 pm
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@Youguessedit..FrankStallone.

@Youguessedit..FrankStallone. You are right about living in CC and working in RC. At first, it didn't make sense as I had seen the higher income levels of CC residents. Then it dawned on me about the CC residents working in RC. Don't know about the Countyman issue. I am surpised no one has definitely nailed it as long as Countyman has been commenting.

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