SC jobless rate falls to 5.1 percent in August


COLUMBIA (WSPA) – South Carolina’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in August. That’s the fourth consecutive month the figure has declined.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reports the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from the 5.2 percent jobless number in August.

The national unemployment rate for August was unchanged at 4.9 percent.

“When businesses decide to expand or locate here, they are showing confidence that a pool of skilled workers is available,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce in a written statement. “In the last year, more than 54,000 people have found work and are again providing for themselves.”

Stanton says there is still work to be done to find employment for some 117,000 people in South Carolina.

Here are the August unemployment rates in the Upstate:

Cherokee – 6.6 percent

Union 6.5 percent

Abbeville 6.1 percent

Greenwood – 5.8 percent

Laurens – 5.7 percent

Pickens – 5.6 percent

Oconee – 5.5 percent

Spartanburg – 5.3 percent

Anderson – 5.2 percent

Newberry – 4.8 percent

Greenville – 4.7 percent


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