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Funderburk: education needs to be 'economic issue'
Vincent Sheheen
State Sen. Vincent Sheheen also spoke at the luncheon.
Fewer than 30 percent of South Carolina citizens over the age of 25 have earned a bachelor’s degree, said Rep. Laurie Funderburk Wednesday at The ALPHA Center during its annual Legislative Briefing luncheon. South Carolina has a 10 percent unemployment rate, which is higher than the national average; college graduates are at 4.4 percent unemployment; high school graduates are at 8.8 percent; and those with no degree have a 13.2 percent unemployment rate, Funderburk said. The government needs to craft a budget with vision that addresses jobs and education, she said, and to “solve problems… (not) muddle through them” for the sake of future generations.