The latest data for South Carolina’s unemployment rate was released Thursday, showing the number of jobless residents has gone down again.
According to figures released from the Department of Employment and Workforce, January was the fifth consecutive month of growth for employment in the state. The total unemployment rate was 10.5%, down from the 10.9% December rate. That the second-best improvement rate in the nation.
DEW Executive Director John Finan said the news is positive and shows improvement in both employment and the unemployment rate. Finan says this “gives rise to the hope and expectation that the number of jobs will continue to increase.”
When comparing January 2010 to January 2011, the number of jobs is up by 13,800.
Professional and business services carried the market, with more than 20,000 more employees than January 2010. However, government jobs were down by 11,800.