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Berkeley County building web page for former Century employees needing jobs

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Berkeley County will build an online job resource page for employees of Century Aluminum scheduled to be let go just days before Christmas.

Approximately 300 layoffs were expected, according to an announcement from the company last week.

“While I am grateful that Century Aluminum and Santee Cooper were able to reach an agreement last week to save hundreds of jobs, I do understand that many folks will be laid off this week, “ said Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler. “My Administration and I are working to help those seeking full-time employment as well as the industries in Berkeley County with job openings by creating a new page on our website listing available jobs.”

Letters are being sent to industries in Berkeley County soliciting information on job openings. 

Businesses with job openings can post information on their openings by completing a form at www.BerkeleyMeansBusiness.com/Jobs.

Job seekers can view the jobs at the same URL. 

Santee Cooper officials announced on Friday Century Aluminum Co. accepted a deal in principle for the utility to power Century's Mt. Holly plant's electric needs and reduce by half the number of layoffs planned before Christmas. 

Before the agreement between the company and Santee Cooper, as many as 600 layoffs had been expected. 

The agreement is subject to approval by each organization’s board of directors.

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