South Carolina’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent in December, as both the number of South Carolinians working and its total labor force grew by similar amounts.
The number of residents holding jobs increased by slightly more than 10,100 in December, according to new data released Tuesday by the state Department of Employment and Workforce. Meanwhile, the state’s overall labor force (combined total of those working or looking for work) also increased by more than 10,200.
SCDEW data showed the Professional and Business Services sector saw the most seasonally-adjusted growth in December, with a net 5,200-job increase. Trade, Transportation and Utilities also saw a 2,800 net job increase. No jobs sector reported a loss, although Education and Health Services reported the smallest increase at 100 net jobs.
South Carolina’s unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in December 2014. Roughly 78,500 new jobs have been added in the 12 months since, while 23,000 fewer residents are listed as unemployed.
Charleston County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent, while Marion County was the highest at 9.3 percent.