SC jobless rate below 5 percent for first time since 2001

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COLUMBIA (WSPA) – South Carolina’s unemployment rate has fallen below five percent for the first time in more than 15 years.

The jobless figure for September was 4.9 percent according to the Department of Employment and Workforce. The last time that number was below five percent was April, 2001.

The agency also reports a record 2,185,902 people have jobs in South Carolina.

The unemployment rate in South Carolina has dropped for five consecutive months with nearly 56,000 more people employed in the state compared to one year ago.

South Carolina’s unemployment rate is actually lower than the national average. The national rate went up slightly from 4.9 percent to five percent in September.

“While there are more than 58,000 unfilled jobs across the state, we are continuing our work to develop a pipeline of skilled workers to address the state’s workforce needs of our current and future employers,” said DEW Executive Director Cheryl Stanton in a written statement.

Here are the unemployment rates for September in Upstate counties:

Cherokee 5.8%
Union 5.7%
Abbeville 5.3%
Greenwood 5.2%
Laurens 5.0%
Oconee 4.9%
Pickens 4.8%
Spartanburg 4.7%
Anderson 4.5%
Newberry 4.3%
Greenville 4.2%

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