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South Carolina Jobless Rate Climbs Slightly In January

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South Carolina's unemployment rate increased slightly in January to 8.7 percent.

The state Department of Employment and Workforce reported the change Monday from the seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 8.6 percent in December, 2012.

The agency reports nearly 27,000 more people were working in South Carolina in January compared to one year ago.

DEW says the decline is a typical trend for the December-to-January time period due to seasonal layoffs and school closings between terms.

Here are the unemployment rates for counties in the Upstate for January, 2013:

Union - 14.3%
Cherokee - 12.1%
Abbeville - 11.1%
Greenwood - 10.8%
Oconee - 9.5%
Laurens - 8.9%
Spartanburg - 8.9%
Anderson - 8.5%
Newberry - 8.4%
Pickens - 7.7%
Greenville - 7.0%


NC unemployment rate edges up in January

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's unemployment rate edged up in January as the state continues to grapple with job losses.

The state Commerce Department said Monday that North Carolina's unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in January. That up from 9.4 percent in December.

Employers added nearly 3,000 more jobs than they cut, with hospitality and manufacturing responsible for most of the gains. North Carolina's hospitality industry was the sector with the largest monthly increase.

But the number of people unemployed grew by more than 6,000, with professional and business services losing the most workers, followed by education and health services.

More than 17,000 people were added in December to the pool of people looking for work statewide.


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