SC unemployment drops below 4 percent

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South Carolina’s unemployment rate has fallen below four percent.

The jobless figure for June was 3.8 percent according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. It was four percent in May.

The number of people with jobs reached a new high with an estimated 2.2 million employed. Also factoring into the new figure was a decrease in the state’s labor force of more than 4,000 people.

“Businesses are continuing to hire and employment is at record level so the challenge remains providing employers with a workforce that meets their needs and pulling in more potential workers,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce in a written statement.

There are 12,231 more people with jobs in South Carolina now compared to June of 2017.

The national unemployment rate in June was also 3.8 percent.

Here are the jobless rates for counties in the Upstate:

Union – 4.3%
Abbeville – 4.2%
Cherokee – 4.1%
Greenwood – 3.9%
Laurens – 3.8%
Oconee – 3.7%
Pickens – 3.7%
Anderson – 3.5%
Newberry – 3.4%
Spartanburg – 3.4%
Greenville – 3.1%

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