SC unemployment drops to 3.4%, record number have jobs


The number of people working in South Carolina went up in August while the state unemployment rate fell again.

The jobless rate in South Carolina declined to 3.4 percent according to numbers released Friday by the Department of Employment and Workforce. That was down from the July rate of 3.6 percent.

There was also a slight increase in the number of people with jobs across the state to more than 2.2 million.

The agency did greet the numbers with some caution.

“While we are excited to see record employment numbers for the third month in a row, we are cognizant of employment challenges that may be happening around the state due to the effects of Hurricane Florence,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce in a written statement.

The national unemployment rate in August was 3.9 percent. That’s the same figure as August.

Here are the unemployment rates for August in Upstate counties:

Union – 4.5 percent
Abbeville – 4.2 percent
Cherokee – 4.2 percent
Greenwood – 3.9 percent
Laurens – 3.8 percent
Oconee – 3.6 percent
Pickens – 3.6 percent
Anderson – 3.4 percent
Spartanburg – 3.4 percent
Newberry – 3.3 percent
Greenville – 3.1 percent

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