SC unemployment rate hits 15-year low

SC unemployment report

COLUMBIA (WSPA) – The unemployment rate in South Carolina dropped to it’s lowest level in 15 years in July.

The jobless rate registered at 5.2 percent according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. That’s down two-tenths of a point from June and is the lowest figure since June 2001.

“We are heartened by the job growth we’ve experienced in the first half of the year as more than 32,000 people found jobs, said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, in a written release.

Nationally, the unemployment rate remained the same from June to July at 4.9 percent.

The number of jobless people in South Carolina declined in July by 4,858 to 120,788. There was also a decrease in the labor force of 7,288 people to a total of 2,303,434.

Here are the unemployment rates for counties in the Upstate:

Union – 6.7 percent
Cherokee – 6.5 percent
Abbeville – 6.0 percent
Greenwood – 5.6 percent
Laurens – 5.6 percent
Pickens – 5.6 percent
Oconee – 5.5 percent
Spartanburg – 5.4 percent
Anderson – 5.1 percent
Newberry – 4.7 percent
Greenville – 4.6 percent

“When we talk about priorities like workforce training and investments in education and students, there’s a reason we do it – it’s paying off as July’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent,” said Governor Nikki Haley in a written statement.

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