The new interim director of the new state employment agency got to announce some good news for the South Carolina economy. John Finan and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reports the state’s unemployment rate declined for the third straight month to 11.6 percent in April. This was down significantly from the March rate of 12.2percent, meaning fewer people lost their jobs in April and fewer people entered the labor force to look for jobs.
All counties experienced an improvement. And the three worst hit – Marlboro, Marion and Allendale–are now at under 20 percent unemployment.
According to the DEW report, seasonal gains by sector were in retail trade (+1,800), leisure and hospitality (+8,800), and professional and business services (+3,400), mainly because of the tourist season getting underway. Government employment rose by 1,900, and manufacturing registered a slight gain of 500 jobs.
Declines were measured in construction jobs and educational and health services.
The national jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percent in April to 9.9 percent.