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Jobless Rates For SC, NC Released

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South Carolina's unemployment rate in August held at 8.1 percent. The Department of Employment and Workforce reported the rate was unchanged from July and has fluctuated between 8.0 percent and 8.1 percent since April. South Carolina's unemployment rate in August held at 8.1 percent. The Department of Employment and Workforce reported the rate was unchanged from July and has fluctuated between 8.0 percent and 8.1 percent since April.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

South Carolina Jobless Rate Holds At 8.1%

South Carolina's unemployment rate in August held at 8.1 percent.

The Department of Employment and Workforce reported the rate was unchanged from July and has fluctuated between 8.0 percent and 8.1 percent since April. The national unemployment rate is 7.3 percent.

The number of people with jobs in South Carolina increased by 1,165 while there was a minor decline in the state's labor force.

There were employment gains in professional and business services, manufacturing and government thanks in part to the start of a new school year.

Here's the jobless rates for counties in the Upstate:

Union - 12.3%
Cherokee- 10.4%
Abbeville - 9.9%
Greenwood - 9.5%
Laurens - 8.9%
Oconee - 8.8%
Spartanburg - 8.2%
Anderson - 7.8%
Newberry 7.7%
Pickens - 7.4%
Greenville - 6.8%

August unemployment rate in NC is 8.7 percent

North Carolina's jobless rate is continuing its downward trend after a one-month increase.
    
The state Commerce Department said Friday the August unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, compared with 8.9 percent the month before. The July rate was the first month-to-month increase since January.
    
The national unemployment rate is now 7.3 percent, down from a peak of 10 percent during the recession.
    
North Carolina data show the number of employed people fell by almost 3,600 workers between July and August. The number of unemployed fell by a greater amount, or about 8,700 people.
    
The trend of falling unemployment rates across the country has come, in large part, due to the number of people who stopped looking for a job. The government does not count those people as unemployed.

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