South Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped in September to its lowest level in seven years after more people landed jobs across the state last month.
The newest data released by the state Department of Employment and Workforce on Tuesday showed that South Carolina’s unemployment rate fell from 6.0 percent in August to 5.7 percent, recording its lowest level since February 2008. This is the fourth consecutive month in which the rate has declined. Nationally, the unemployment rate remains the same at 5.1 percent.
Employment hit a new record high with roughly 2.12 million South Carolinians working in September, increasing by nearly 7,100 from August. The number of unemployed individuals also decreased by more than 6,600 people to 128,500 in all, the lowest level since April 2008.
Since September 2014, the number of people working rose by over 62,500, while the number of unemployed decreased by more than 15,800 people. The labor force grew by 46,700 individuals in the last year.
The trade, transportation and utilities sector had the greatest increase in employment last month with 2,200 additional jobs. Manufacturing experienced the biggest decrease with a loss of 1,300 jobs.
Orangeburg County has the highest unemployment rate at 10.8 percent while Charleston and Lexington County have the lowest rate at 4.8 percent.
Kimberly Washington contributed to this report