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SC Jobless Rate Falls Below 6%, Huge One Month Drop

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The seven-tenths of a point drop is the largest since the state began keeping records of unemployment in 1976. The seven-tenths of a point drop is the largest since the state began keeping records of unemployment in 1976.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -
South Carolina recorded the largest one-month drop in the unemployment rate in February since records were first kept more than 35 years ago.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce reports the jobless rate in February was 5.7 percent. The figure for January was 6.4 percent.

The seven-tenths of a point drop is the largest since the state began keeping records of unemployment in 1976.

More than 8,000 more people in the state were working in February for a new record total of 2,039,455. The labor force did decline by more than 5,000 during the month.

All 46 counties in South Carolina reported drops in the jobless rate in February. Here are the numbers for counties in the Upstate:

Union - 7.7%
Cherokee - 6.6%
Abbeville - 6.2%
Greenwood - 6.0%
Oconee - 5.7%
Laurens - 5.1%
Spartanburg - 4.9%
Newberry - 4.7%
Anderson - 4.5%
Pickens - 4.4%
Greenville - 4.1%

NC February unemployment rate falls to 6.4 percent

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's unemployment rate is continuing to improve.
    
The state Commerce Department said Friday that the unemployment rate in February dropped to 6.4 percent compared with 6.7 percent in January. The national unemployment average increased to 6.7 percent in February, from 6.6 percent in January.
    
Trade, transportation and utilities along with manufacturing saw the largest monthly increase in North Carolina jobs.
    
Overall, North Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped over 2 percentage points in the last year.
    
Gov. Pat McCrory praised the report, saying it was the first time in nearly eight years that the state's unemployment rate was below the national average.
    
McCrory says it shows the state is in position for a strong and steady comeback.

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