SC jobless rate falls again, record number of people working

SC unemployment report

COLUMBIA (WSPA) – The number of people with jobs in South Carolina reached a new record high in October while the unemployment rate fell for the sixth straight month.

The Department of Employment and Workforce reports the jobless rate in South Carolina fell to 4.7 percent in October. That was down by two-tenths of one percent from the figure in September.

South Carolina has a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the nation. The national average for October was 4.9 percent.

DEW reports the number of South Carolinians with jobs hit a record of 2,193,107 for the month. There are 59,000 more people with jobs in the state now compared to one year ago.

Here are the unemployment rates in October for counties in the Upstate:

Cherokee – 5.3 percent
Union – 5.2 percent
Abbeville – 4.9 percent
Greenwood – 4.8 percent
Laurens – 4.6 percent
Oconee – 4.5 percent
Pickens – 4.4 percent
Spartanburg – 4.4 percent
Anderson – 4.2 percent
Greenville – 3.9 percent
Newberry – 3.9 percent

The unemployment rate in North Carolina increased in October to 4.9 percent. That is two-tenths of one percent higher than the figure from September.

North Carolina’s October 2016 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago.

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