SC Chamber, DEW collaborate to launch Palmetto Business Barometer survey

January 10, 2023

The SC Chamber of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce launch a monthly survey series to capture a pulse on business conditions, attitudes and behaviors

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (SC Chamber) and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) are collaborating to launch the Palmetto Business Barometer, a voluntary monthly survey to better understand the conditions South Carolina employers are facing and inform the public about the state’s economy and workforce. The survey measures business conditions and attitudes over time with an emphasis on workforce behaviors.

The SC Chamber manages the Palmetto Business Barometer survey and DEW analyzes the data to identify how business conditions, needs and expectations are changing. The aggregated collected data will be published online, but individual responses will remain confidential. In addition to informing state policymakers and advocates, the survey results will benefit South Carolina employers by providing a useful comparison to other business practices around the state.

“This survey is a great opportunity to hear directly from businesses on what challenges they are facing and what best practices work for them,” said S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey. “By making the survey results public, we are helping employers compare notes, as well as understand what others in the state are doing right that they can emulate and improve upon. Regardless of the size or industry of your company, your opinion matters and can have a tremendous impact on the growth of South Carolina businesses and state policy.”

“From surveying our membership alone, we know South Carolina businesses are facing many obstacles from rising costs to workforce shortages,” said SC Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Will Frierson. “With economic uncertainty looming in 2023, we need to know what businesses are facing on the frontlines and how conditions are changing for better or for worse. This survey will allow us to track trends and advocate for real solutions based off clear data.”

The first round of the Palmetto Business Barometer survey will be live on Monday, January 9, 2023. Businesses will have two weeks to complete the brief 12 question survey before it closes on Sunday, January 22, 2023. The survey will open again on February 6, 2023, and will continue to open on the first full week of each month throughout 2023 for each new survey round.

South Carolina businesses of all sizes and industries are encouraged to participate in the survey. The survey is anonymous and takes an average of three minutes to complete. Access the January Palmetto Business Barometer survey here. For more information, please reach out to [email protected] and [email protected].


The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce is putting South Carolinians to work. The agency has four missions: (1) workforce development; (2) free job match employment services; (3) unemployment insurance; and (4) labor market information. All four missions contribute to workforce development. The agency is dedicated to advancing South Carolina through services and programs that meet the needs of our businesses, job seekers and those looking to advance their careers.

The SC Chamber of Commerce is the State’s leading voice for business with a vision to make South Carolina’s economy the most vibrant in the United States, creating opportunity and prosperity for all. A statewide organization that fights for pro-job and business policies at the state and federal level, it strives to promote free enterprise; define and advocate for the business agenda; convene, connect, and educate businesses; and partner with key allies. Our member insights shape the policies we write and the agenda we promote at the State House. Learn more at