SC unemployment rate drops, record number of people have jobs

SC unemployment report

COLUMBIA (WSPA) A record number of people in South Carolina are working according to new numbers released Friday.

The Department of Employment and Workforce reports the jobless rate in the state in May was 5.6 percent with nearly 3,000 more people finding a job.

That dropped the unemployment rate a couple of tenths of a point from the 5.8 percent figure in April. A decrease in the labor force contributed to that figure according to SCDEW.

Nationally, May’s unemployment rate fell from five percent to 4.7 percent as some people left the labor force.

The agency reports close to 2.2 million people have jobs now in South Carolina.

“I continue to be encouraged to see the commitment businesses are making to South Carolina. They trust that we can provide them with skilled workers as they create jobs by expanding or opening new facilities in the state,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce in a written statement.

Here are unemployment rate for May in counties in the Upstate.

Union – 6.7 percent
Cherokee – 5.8 percent
Abbeville – 5.4 percent
Greenwood – 5.0 percent
Laurens – 5.0 percent
Oconee – 5.0 percent
Pickens – 4.7 percent
Newberry – 4.6 percent
Spartanburg – 4.6 percent
Anderson – 4.4 percent
Greenville – 4.1 percent

All, but three of the 46 counties in South Carolina had drops in the unemployment rate in May.

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