South Carolina’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent in February, as a large increase in the number of residents finding jobs was offset by more people seeking work.
New data released Friday by the state Department of Employment and Workforce reported more than 12,500 people found work in February, but the state’s overall labor force increased by more than 13,600 in that same span. So, while the state reported another record total workforce with 2.16 million overall in February, the net number of unemployed also increased by more than 1,000 people in that time.
The movement mirrored the national unemployment rate, which also remained unchanged at a lower 4.9 percent rate.
Those job sectors with the largest growth were Trade, Transportation and Utilities (3,500 net jobs increase) along with Leisure and Hospitality (net increase of 3,100). The biggest losses were reported in Professional and Business Services (decline of 6,700 jobs) and Government (net decrease of 1,200).
Bamberg County had the county’s highest unemployment rate at 10 percent. Lexington and Charleston counties were the lowest at 4.5 percent.