February 8, 2016

SC unemployment rate unchanged for second consecutive month

The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held firm at 5.3 percent in June, reflecting no change since April.  The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reports that an estimated 116,000 people were unemployed, showing an increase of 630 people over the month while the number of employed decreased by 847. Over the month, the labor force declined by 217 people to just under 2.2 million.

June’s seasonally adjusted, non-farm payroll employment reported its fourth seasonal employment increase this year with an increase of 4,400 over the month to reach the level of 1.9 million.

The biggest upticks in the state’s job market were in the sectors of Professional and Business Services, Education and Health Services, and Leisure and Hospitality.

Since June 2013, the state’s unemployment rate fell by 2.5 percentage points. More than 35,000 people have found work, and the labor force has decreased by 20,082 people.

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent in June from 6.3 percent in May.

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