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March 2014 SC Unemployment Rates

South Carolina's Employment Situation March 2014
Unemployment Rate Trend Continues Downward
Employment Hits Highest Level Ever

In March, South Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5.5 percent from February's rate of 5.7 percent. The last time the Palmetto State's rate was at this level was in March of 2008. From February to March 2014, the number of unemployed persons declined by 5,077, to a level of 119,058.

The estimated number of employed persons in March was 2,046,002, up 6,560 since February. This is the eight consecutive monthly increase and marks a state historic employment high. From March 2013 to March 2014, an estimated 32,555 people have found work.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in March.

Unemployment Rates Ranked By County (unadjusted)
Rank County Mar 2014 Jan 2014 March
2013
1 Marion 10.4 10.6 15.5
2 Allendale 10.0 10.5 14.2
3 Bamberg 9.1 9.2 13.0
4 Barnwell 8.8 9.1 13.1
5 Marlboro 8.7 8.9 13.0
6 Dillon 8.1 8.4 12.0
  Orangeburg 8.1 8.1 11.4
8 Clarendon 7.7 7.8 11.4
  McCormick 7.7 7.8 10.9
10 Union 7.5 7.7 11.8
11 Chester 7.4 7.8 11.5
  Hampton 7.4 7.6 10.7
  Williamsburg 7.4 7.8 10.3
14 Fairfield 6.8 7.0 9.9
15 Colleton 6.7 6.7 10.1
  York 6.7 6.9 9.6
17 Cherokee 6.6 6.5 9.8
18 Chesterfield 6.5 6.7 10.1
  Horry 6.5 7.2 9.1
20 Edgefield 6.4 6.8 7.9
  Lee 6.4 6.7 9.6
22 Abbeville 6.3 6.2 9.1
  Darlington 6.3 6.2 8.9
  Florence 6.3 6.2 8.3
  Lancaster 6.3 6.3 9.5
26 Sumter 6.2 5.9 8.6
27 Greenwood 6.1 6.0 9.1
28 Georgetown 6.0 6.5 8.8
29 Oconee 5.7 5.7 7.7
30 Calhoun 5.5 5.2 9.2
31 Aiken 5.3 6.0 7.3
  Richland 5.3 5.0 7.1
33 Laurens 5.2 5.1 7.3
34 Berkeley 5.0 4.8 6.5
  Spartanburg 5.0 4.8 7.4
36 Beaufort 4.8 4.6 6.7
  Newberry 4.8 4.6 7.0
38 Anderson 4.7 4.5 6.9
  Jasper 4.7 4.5 7.6
  Kershaw 4.7 4.8 6.4
  Saluda 4.7 4.5 6.3
42 Dorchester 4.6 4.4 6.4
  Pickens 4.6 4.4 6.5
44 Charleston 4.4 4.3 5.9
  Greenville 4.4 4.1 6.0
46 Lexington 4.2 4.0 5.8

Source: www.sces.org, April 18, 2014

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