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Dr. Groshen speaks at business breakfast
From left, Kershaw County Chamber Interim Director Amy Kinard; Speaker Dr. Erica L. Groshen; CBA Board President Jonathan Potter; and Jonathan Bazinet, CBA Past President and Dr. Groshens brother-in-law.

Dr. Erica L. Groshen, who is currently the U.S. Department of Labor’s Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was the featured speaker at a breakfast hosted by Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Camden Business Alliance. Dr. Groshen, who is responsible for job numbers and inflation numbers put out by the U.S. Department of Labor, explained the history of labor statistics as well as the role of labor statistics and how citizens of the county can use these statistics for their businesses. She also showed a video which presented ways in which people can use statistics provided by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. During her presentation, Dr. Groshen explained that South Carolina and Kershaw County experienced a higher unemployment rate than the U.S. average during the Great Recession of 2008. She also said that Kershaw County is known by the Bureau of Labor Statistics more for its manufacturing sector compared to the U.S. and S.C., but less so for its health services sector. Dr. Goshen was appointed by President Barack Obama as the fourteenth Commisioner of Labor Statistics in January 2013. Prior to that she was a vice president in the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In addition, she has served on advisory boards for the BLS and the U.S. Census Bureau. She has a PhD in economics from Harvard and was a visiting professor of economics at Barnard College.  She also was with the World Bank in Europe.