South Carolina’s jobless rate jumped half a percentage point in June to 10.5 percent.
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is reporting that more than 3,000 persons started actively looking for jobs last month. Taking the biggest hit over the last calendar year has been the public employment sector as the number of government workers and teachers dropped by more than 16,500 jobs since June 2010.
The state’s unemployment numbers have been consistently higher than the national rate, which was 9.2 percent in June. In May, the state reversed a four-month downward trend, with the jobless rate rising slightly to 10 percent. South Carolina’s unemployment rate had decreased steadily from a peak of 12.5 percent in January 2010.