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S.C. jobless rate reaches 4-year low


Staff Report
Published Nov. 20, 2012

South Carolina’s jobless rate of 8.6% for October hit its lowest level since November 2008, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce reported today.

October’s unemployment figure dropped from 9.1% registered in September as 14,705 more people found work, the agency said. The agency estimated 1.96 million South Carolinians were on the job in October.

Unemployment in S.C.

County

Upstate
Anderson
Greenville
Spartanburg

Midlands
Lexington
Richland

Lowcountry
Berkeley
Charleston
Dorchester

Statewide

Jobless rate


8.0%
6.4%
8.1%


6.3%
7.8%


7.4%
6.5%
6.7%

8.6%

Year-over-year change


-1.4 points
-1.5 points
-1.3 points


-1.3 points
-1.2 points


-1.9 points
-1.5 points
-1.4 points

-1.4 points

SOURCE: S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce

A year ago, the unemployment rate was 10%.

Nationally, the unemployment rate rose to 7.9% in October from 7.8% in September as more people entered the workforce looking for jobs.

The government sector led October’s gains by adding 5,100 jobs between October and September, the agency said. Other sectors gaining workers were trade, transportation and utilities, 1,900 jobs; financial activities, 1,300 jobs; education and health services, 1,200 jobs; and construction, 900 jobs.

Among metro areas, Charleston had the lowest jobless rate at 6.7%. It was followed by Greenville, 6.8%; Columbia, 7.3%; and Florence, 9%.

Hiring around the state was mixed as 11 of South Carolina’s 46 counties reported increases in the jobless rate. Meanwhile, 20 saw the rate decline and the remainder held even.

Allendale County saw the highest unemployment rate at 16.6%; Lexington had the lowest of any county at 6.3%.

The state’s unemployment rate also dropped for the second straight month in October, said Abraham Turner, executive director of the state agency.

“While this is certainly welcome news, DEW will continue to work diligently with businesses as it remains steadfast and focused on its efforts to put South Carolinians back to work,” Turner said.


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