Jobless rate jumps for July

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By Denyse Clark

South Carolina’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in July increased to 5.7 percent, up from 5.3 percent in June, according to statistics released Monday, Aug. 18, by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

The number of people unemployed in the state grew by more than 9,000. Nationally, the unemployment rate increased to 6.2 percent in July from 6.1 percent in June. 

S.C. DEW executive director Cheryl Stanton said South Carolina has many reasons to remain positive about the economic future for our state despite this month’s slight uptick in the unemployment rate.

“More than two million people are working in South Carolina, just below historic highs reached earlier this year,” she said. “Over the last year, more than 28,000 people have found work and the state’s unemployment rate has declined by approximately two percentage points.”

Here in Lancaster County, the unemployment rate for July was 7.1 percent. Just one month prior, the rate had been at 6.6 percent, however, unemployment was at 9.4 percent exactly a year ago in July 2013.

In Chester County, unemployment was at 8.3 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June. The unemployment figure had ranked at 11.2 percent in July 2013.

York County remained with the lowest figures in the tri-county region with 7.0 percent unemployment in July. It ranked at 5.9 percent in June and 8.5 percent one year ago. 

The highest unemployment in the state for July was in Bamberg County which ranked at 12.1 percent. The county rate was at 9.4 percent in June and loomed at 14.1 percent in July 2013.

The state’s lowest unemployment for July with 5.1 percent was in Saluda and Lexington counties. These counties' unemployment rate held at 4 percent in June and 6 percent in July 2013.


Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152