S.C. Jobless Rate Falls To 5.7%, More Than 7-Year Low

South Carolina’s unemployment rate is at it’s lowest level in more than seven and a half years.

The figure dropped to 5.7 percent in September from 6.0 percent in August according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

The last time the unemployment rate was at that number was February 2008.

“Equally exciting is the fact that there are still more than 65,000 jobs available across the state,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the Department of Employment and Workforce in a written statement.

The jobless rate is down 1.1 percent since May and has declined in each of the past four months. The national unemployment rate was unchanged in September at 5.1 percent.

Here are the jobless rates for counties in the Upstate:

Union – 7.5%
Cherokee – 6.7%
Abbeville – 6.4%
Laurens – 6.1%
Greenwood – 5.9%
Pickens – 5.6%
Oconee – 5.5%
Spartanburg – 5.5%
Anderson – 5.2%
Newberry – 5.1%
Greenville – 4.9%

N. Carolina jobless rate down a fraction to 5.8 pct in Sept

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell by a hair in September to 5.8 percent.

The state Commerce Department says Tuesday that last month’s jobless rate was down from 5.9 percent a month earlier and was the same level as one year ago.

The number of people employed increased by almost 3,700 between August and September to nearly 4.48 million. That’s an increase of 118,500 jobs over the year.

North Carolina continues to lag behind the national average unemployment rate. In September, that figure was 5.1 percent.

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