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October 2016 SC Unemployment Rates

South Carolina's Employment Situation October 2016
Employment Continues Climb, Unemployment Rate Falls again

The South Carolina unemployment rate continued its downward trend in October as employment levels reached another record high.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in October from 4.9 percent in September, the lowest level since March 2001. October's decrease marks the sixth consecutive month the unemployment rate has dropped.

Employment increased by 6,885 in October to a record level of 2,193,017 while the number of unemployed declined by 3,433 to 108,508, the lowest level since August 2001. This resulted in an increase in the labor force to 2,301,525.

Since October 2015, the number of employed people has increased 59,347, and the labor force has increased by 43,460. The number of unemployed fell by 15,887.

Nationally, October jobless rate decreased to 4.9 percent from 5 percent in September.

Unemployment Rates Ranked By County (unadjusted)
Rank County October 2016 September
2016
October
2015
1 Orangeburg 9.3 8.9 11.1
2 Bamberg 9.1 8.8 10.5
3 Marion 8.7 8.7 9.8
4 Allendale 8.1 8.5 10.1
5 Marlboro 7.7 7.9 9.9
6 Williamsburg 7.0 6.9 10.6
7 Barnwell 6.7 6.9 8.2
8 Dillon 6.6 6.5 8.3
9 Chester 6.4 6.7 7.8
  Fairfield 6.4 6.8 7.8
11 Calhoun 6.3 6.4 6.9
  Lee 6.3 6.8 8.0
13 Clarendon 5.9 6.2 7.6
  Georgetown 5.9 6.1 9.0
15 Darlington 5.8 6.2 7.1
16 Sumter 5.5 5.7 6.6
17 Edgefield 5.4 5.7 7.5
18 Cherokee 5.3 5.8 6.5
19 Hampton 5.2 5.6 7.5
  Horry 5.2 5.1 6.4
  McCormick 5.2 5.3 6.6
  Union 5.2 5.7 7.0
23 Lancaster 5.1 5.4 5.9
24 Abbeville 4.9 5.3 6.5
  Colleton 4.9 5.3 6.4
  Florence 4.9 5.1 6.2
  Kershaw 4.9 5.1 5.8
28 Greenwood 4.8 5.2 5.8
29 Aiken 4.6 5.0 5.8
  Chesterfield 4.6 4.9 5.6
  Laurens 4.6 5.0 5.8
32 Beaufort 4.5 4.5 5.0
  Oconee 4.5 4.9 5.2
  Richland 4.5 4.8 5.7
35 Pickens 4.4 4.8 5.2
  Spartanburg 4.4 4.7 5.2
37 York 4.3 4.6 5.1
38 Anderson 4.2 4.5 4.9
  Berkeley 4.2 4.5 5.2
  Dorchester 4.2 4.4 5.2
41 Jasper 4.1 4.1 4.5
  Saluda 4.1 4.5 5.1
43 Greenville 3.9 4.2 4.6
  Newberry 3.9 4.3 4.8
45 Lexington 3.8 4.1 4.7
46 Charleston 3.7 4.0 4.5

Source: www.sces.org, November 18, 2016

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