SC jobless rate up for first time in 10 months | News
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The downward trend for South Carolina's jobless rate has ended, at least for now.
The state's Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that South Carolina's unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in May.
That's an increase of 0.3 percentage points over April's rate of 8.8 percent. It's the first time South Carolina's jobless figure has gone up in 10 months. The April rate had been the state's lowest in more than three years.
Only two of South Carolina's 46 counties had declines in their May jobless rates. Unemployment was highest in Marion County, at 17.1 percent.
The federal government reported earlier this month that the national unemployment rate for May was 8.2 percent, up slightly from April's 8.1 percent.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
Most popular stories from nearby communities
- WIS porn investigation gets county administrator probation, pay cut
- Boil water advisory issued for the Town of Ridgeway
- Legendary Speakers to Present at Fairfield County Historical Society Annual Meeting
- The Lumber River Quartet To Sing At Lake Wateree Baptist Church On April 28
- Cop who shot wife while on duty sentenced to 17 years in prison