South Carolina’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate has declined for an eighth consecutive month, according to the state Department of Workforce (SCDEW).
SCDEW announced Monday that unemployment among South Carolina’s workforce was 6.4 percent in January, down from December’s rate of 6.6 percent. The number of employed South Carolinians grew by over 5,000 from December, while the state’s labor force grew by about 1,000 people, according to SCDEW. The number of unemployed South Carolinians declined by almost 4,000.
January’s rate is the lowest reported in South Carolina since June 2008.
State officials said December was the first time in more than a decade that South Carolina’s unemployment had been below the national rate. In January, the number of employed people in South Carolina reached a record high of nearly 2,031,000. That’s an increase of more than 22,000 people over the past year. But the labor force also declined by a little over 20,000 workers in that span.
The biggest gains in January were reported in Professional and Business Services, with a net gain of 1,100 new employees. The largest decline was in construction at a loss of 1,700 jobs. Non-agricultural jobs in South Carolina went down by 4,800 in January but are up by 37,000 compared to a year ago.
Most of the data released Monday are seasonally-adjusted. 43 of South Carolina’s 46 counties actually reported a net increase in unemployed workers when the numbers were not seasonally-adjusted.