South Carolina’s unemployment rate rose sharply in November to 12.3 percent, from a revised October rate of 12 percent, the S.C. Employment Security Commission reported Friday.
However, the jobless rate in Lancaster County and most adjacent counties declined slightly last month.
November’s jobless figures set a record high for the state.
Estimates produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the state’s labor force at 2,173,054 in November, an increase of 2,079. The number of unemployed increased 5,896 to 266,330.