A rise in per capita income
An increase in Oconee County per capita income is seen as a sign by the county’s economic development director of a bounce-back in the economy. But Richard Blackwell says there is still much work to do toward economic and community development in the county. Blackwell’s office is quoting figures from the state Department of Revenue that show that in 2012 Oconee per capita income stood $31,964 and at the end of this year at $34,848. Earnings grew by $2,884. That gives Oconee the 15th highest ranking of South Carolina’s 46 counties—one spot higher from a year ago.