About those 40,000 jobs created during her administration that Gov. Nikki Haley touts: It seems an unknown number are not here yet and are years away, according to a report from The Associated Press.
That's not all that's going on behind one of the Republican governor's cornerstone achievements in her 2014 re-election bid:
Some plans will simply fall through — and have already in at least three cases.
"When we announce jobs, it's really a pipeline. The job doesn't come until the market is ready," Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said. "There's a difference between announced jobs and payroll."
Haley's office bragged Dec. 11 of surpassing 40,000 new jobs with 301 economic development projects.
As of Thursday — 11 announcements later — 312 projects have promised a combined 38,536 jobs since Haley took office Jan. 12, 2011, according to a list from Commerce.
The administration reached 40,000 last month by adding 4,000 Wal-Mart jobs and 350 at a rebuilt Tanger Outlet in Beaufort County — retail work that Commerce doesn't incentivize or recruit. Haley attended the Tanger grand opening in March 2011 and announced two months later that the Wal-Mart jobs would come over five years.