South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 6.6 percent in September, according to new data released by the state’s employment agency on Tuesday. That was up from a revised August level of 6.3 percent.
That bucked the trend nationwide, as the overall U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 5.9 percent in September from 6.1 percent in August.
The data released by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce suggested that a slight growth in jobs was canceled out by much larger increase in the labor force, meaning more unemployed workers. SCDEW reported the number of South Carolinians working ticked up by 2,500 in September. but the labor force increased over the same month by nearly 9,000 people. The number of unemployed people in the state was slightly over 144,000, an increase of 6,400 from September
Since September 2013, a net of roughly 21,000 people have found work and the labor force has increased by nearly 6,700. The state’s unemployment rate has declined by 0.7 percentage points since September 2013.