The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reported Friday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 5.3 percent in May, reflecting no change from April’s estimate. The gross number of both employed and unemployed residents increased last month, but a similar increase in the labor force kept the rate roughly the same as April, the agency said.
According to data released from SCDEW, the number of South Carolinians working continues to trend upward, rising by about 600 in May. It was the tenth consecutive month of job growth. The labor force also grew slightly by just over 1,200 people from April to May, reaching a level just under 2.2 million. That meant the number of unemployed South Carolinians increased by nearly 700 in that same span.
Since May 2013, an estimated 36,000 people have found work. But the overall labor force decreased by nearly 21,000 in that same span.
Non-farm seasonal growth in May was seen in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+4,900); Leisure and Hospitality (+3,700); and Professional and Business Services (+3,200) sectors.
The biggest drops were reported in Education and Health Services (-1,000).
Nationally, the unemployment rate remained at 6.3 percent for May.