South Carolina’s unemployment rate increased nearly half a percentage point in July after three straight months without change.
The state Department of Employment and Workforce said South Carolina’s jobless rate rose to 5.7 percent last month. The unemployment rate had been sitting at 5.3 percent since April. The number of working South Carolinians declined by more than 6,400 in July, while the state’s labor force also increased roughly 2,600 people during that same stretch.
Total nonfarm employment was up more than 32,000 jobs from July 2013. The statewide unemployment rate also dropped from 7.7 percent over that same timeframe.
Over the last month, jobs in professional and business services and education and health services each went down by 5,500. Leisure and hospitality jobs, along with construction jobs, were up by 1,600.
Unemployment went up in all of South Carolina’s 46 counties in July. The national rate went up from 6.1 percent to 6.2 percent during that time.
Monday’s announcement was also significant in that Bamberg County surpassed Marion County as having the state’s highest unemployment rate (12.1 percent). Marion County had held the dubious distinction for years. Saluda County had the state’s lowest jobless rate at 5.1 percent.