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Jobless rate in Lancaster County increases slightly in November

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By The Staff

While South Carolina’s jobless rate declined slightly in November, Lancaster County’s rate increased slightly during the period.
The county’s jobless rate increased to 15.0 percent in November, up from 14.2 percent in October, according to figures released Friday from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
Lancaster County ranked 10th in the state in unemployment in November.
Marion County had the highest jobless rate in the state – 19.0 percent in November.
In this area, Chester County had the highest jobless rate in November – 16.9 percent, an increase of 0.9 percent from October. Chester County tied with Marlboro County, making them the counties with the fourth-highest jobless rate in South Carolina.
South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 10.6 percent in November from a rate of 10.7 percent in October.
Over the month, the number of employed increased by 2,610, and the number of unemployed decreased by 1,160. This continued decline in unemployment represents a move downward of 1.9 percentage points in the state’s unemployment rate since January, when the rate was estimated at 12.5 percent.
“This news shows momentum in key areas,” said John Finan, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “The state continues to make progress as the unemployment rate declines, while experiencing ongoing growth in the areas of manufacturing, wholesale trade and health services.”
In November, the total labor force in South Carolina (employed plus unemployed) grew by 1,450 to 2,154,179, indicating a positive outlook, state officials said. This gradual movement of declining unemployment and increasing employment, along with an increase in the labor force, remains encouraging, the state agency said.
Similarly, the national labor force increased in November by 103,000. However, estimates show a downward movement in employment (-173,000) and an upward movement in unemployment (+276,000). Due to these negative changes, the November national jobless rate increased to 9.8 percent from 9.6 percent in October.
Over the past 12 months in South Carolina, manufacturing has maintained gradual gains in employment, along with solid progress made in wholesale trade jobs, state officials said.