South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell in April to 8 percent— the lowest level in Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration and the lowest rate since October 2008. However, a large part of the decrease was due to fewer people in the state’s labor force.
Data released from the state Department of Employment & Workforce Friday shows the jobless rate dropped from 8.4 percent in March, the largest month-to-month drop since May 1987.
Over 5,000 people dropped out of the labor force between March and April, according to the SCDEW data. That was combined with nearly 3,000 more people listed as employed across South Carolina.
The state unemployment rates was 9.3 percent in April 2012.
A large part of the growth was 8,700 more jobs reported in the hospitality and leisure sector as the summer tourism season ramps up. The sector has seen a growth of over 10,400 jobs since April 2012. Employment also grew by 2,700 in the Professional & Business Services sector since March.
However, manufacturing lost 900 jobs and government posted a net loss of 200 more.
Every county reported a decrease in the unemployment rate from March. However, a majority (31 of 46) also saw their labor force shrink in that span. Lexington County had the lowest jobless rate at 5.7 percent. Marion County was the highest at 15 percent.