The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is reporting that the state’s adjusted unemployment rate indicates a slight rise at the end of 2010. As government layoffs grew, December’s jobless rate grew to 10.7 percent. That’s a one-tenth of a percentage point increase from November. The agency reports that 1,100 state government positions were eliminated in December. The hospitality industry also lost 3,300 jobs during the advent of the winter season.
On the flip side, professional services had a bullish December– adding 1,600 jobs. Retail was also strong in December– adding 1,300 jobs. Educational and health services added 1,200 jobs. Construction had a modest gain of 400 jobs, while manufacturing added 200 positions.
Total employment in December increased by 4,394.