South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.4 percent in June from 9.1 percent in May.
This is the second consecutive monthly rise in the jobless rate, but it is well below the June 2011 rate of 10.5 percent.
The overall labor force moved downward slightly by 2,773 people. Overall non-farm payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted) increased by 1,800 from May to June 2012, with a strong seasonal rise in leisure and hospitality. However, a large summer drop in state and local education gave government employment a decline of 4,900 from May to June 2012, along with a smaller decrease in Education and Health Services.
Nationally, the unemployment rate remained the same from May to June at 8.2 percent.