South Carolina’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent in January, according to the latest data released by the state Department of Employment and Workforce on Monday.
The number of people listed as working in South Carolina did increase by nearly 11,000 people that month, according to the release. However, a slight increase of 217 more listed as unemployed prevented the overall jobless rate from dropping.
However, the state lost more than 44,000 jobs from December 2015 until January 2016 when the data for nonfarm employment is not seasonally adjusted.
Nationally, the unemployment rate also stayed at 4.9 percent.
There were still some large seasonally-adjusted losses in some job sectors, such as Professional and Business Services (net loss of 4,500 jobs) and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (down 3,900 jobs). The strongest hiring markets were in Government (net gain of 1,500 jobs) and Construction (1,100 jobs).
Allendale County reported the state’s highest unemployment rate in January at 10.0 percent, while Charleston County reported the lowest at 4.5 percent.