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March 2016 SC Unemployment Rates

South Carolina's Employment Situation March 2016
Labor Force Expansion Continues at Record Levels
Unemployment Rate Moves Up

A record number of people entering the labor force pushed up South Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 5.7 percent in March from 5.5 percent in February, marking the first increase since September 2014.

More than two-thirds of the state's labor force expansion was due to employment growth. The number of individuals working increased in March by 12.079 to a record level of 2,174,788. Unemployed individuals increased 5,851 to 131,345, while the labor force set a record for the highest ever monthly increase of 17,930, totaling 2,306,133 people.

Over the past year, employment gains tallied 68,757, and the level of unemployed has decreased by 12,574. The labor force had an over-the-year growth of 56,183 people.

Nationally, March's unemployment rate increased to 5 percent from February's rate of 4.9 percent.

Unemployment Rates Ranked By County (unadjusted)
Rank County Mar 2016 Feb
2016
March
2015
1 Allendale 9.8 9.9 12.7
2 Bamberg 9.7 10.1 10.2
3 Marion 9.3 9.9 10.0
4 Marlboro 9.1 9.6 9.9
5 Orangeburg 8.9 9.1 10.2
6 Williamsburg 8.7 8.8 9.1
7 Lee 8.0 8.3 8.5
8 Barnwell 7.8 8.2 9.3
  Dillon 7.8 7.9 8.6
10 Georgetown 7.7 8.3 8.5
11 Fairfield 7.6 8.1 7.7
12 Chester 7.5 7.6 8.5
13 Clarendon 7.4 7.3 7.8
14 Union 7.3 7.4 8.0
15 Darlington 7.0 7.2 7.2
  Hampton 7.0 7.3 9.1
17 Cherokee 6.8 6.7 7.2
  McCormick 6.8 7.0 7.4
19 Horry 6.7 7.4 7.5
20 Sumter 6.6 6.5 6.7
21 Abbeville 6.4 6.1 6.9
22 Colleton 6.3 6.6 7.3
23 Calhoun 6.2 6.4 7.0
  Edgefield 6.2 6.4 6.0
  Laurens 6.2 5.8 6.7
26 Florence 6.1 6.1 6.7
  Lancaster 6.1 6.1 6.4
28 Greenwood 5.9 5.6 6.4
29 Oconee 5.8 5.8 5.6
30 Chesterfield 5.7 5.8 6.1
  Kershaw 5.7 5.7 5.9
32 Aiken 5.6 5.6 5.8
  Newberry 5.6 5.0 5.3
  Pickens 5.6 5.4 5.7
35 Saluda 5.4 5.2 5.3
36 Beaufort 5.3 5.1 5.4
  Richland 5.3 5.2 5.5
  Spartanburg 5.3 5.2 5.8
39 Berkeley 5.2 5.1 5.5
  Dorchester 5.2 5.1 5.4
  York 5.2 5.1 5.6
42 Anderson 5.1 5.0 5.4
43 Jasper 4.9 4.7 5.2
44 Greenville 4.7 4.6 5.0
45 Charleston 4.6 4.5 4.9
  Lexington 4.6 4.5 4.8

Source: www.sces.org, April 15, 2016

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