The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reported Friday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate grew to 6.4 percent in August from a revised 5.8 percent in July.
The estimated number of unemployed increased by just over 13,000 to 138,000 in August. Meanwhile, the number of those with jobs fell by 7,600 to 2,036,000. From July to August, the labor force did grow by 5,700 people to 2,174,000.
The new data bucked the national trend. The overall U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 6.1 percent in August from 6.2 percent in July. It marked the first time since November 2013 that South Carolina’s unemployment rate has been above the national rate.
Areas showing the highest increases in jobs were Education and Health Services (+2,800); Leisure and Hospitality (+1,200); and Manufacturing (+1,000). Areas showing job declines were Financial Activities and Information Services.
About 20,200 people have found work since August 2013, and the labor force decreased by nearly 6,300 during that same time period. Over the year, the state’s unemployment rate declined by 1.1 percentage points.