South Carolina saw another month of job growth last month with the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.3 percent. The number of individuals working across the state climbed higher in October, increasing by 3,430 people to a record of 2,231,027.
According to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the increase in employment was primarily due to changes in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, trade transportation and utilities. The industries reporting declines during the same period were education and health services, government remained stagnant during this period.
Unemployment levels decreased by 521 to 76,220. The state’s labor force increased by 2,909 to a level of 2,307,247. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged over the month, remaining at a record low of 3.3 percent. Since October of last year, employment gains totaled 9,552, and the labor force declined by 12,162. The level of unemployed declined by 21,714 people. Nationally, the unemployment rate was unchanged over the month at 3.7 percent.
In Dorchester county, the unemployment rate is 2.9 percent, down from last October’s 3.8 percent. There were 72,678 people employed in the county, up from last October’s 71,579. Over in Berkeley county the unemployment rate was also 2.9 percent, down from last year’s 3.7 percent.
“South Carolina is enjoying the benefit of a strong economy coupled with simultaneous record high employment levels and a continued record low unemployment rate,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “It is during these thriving times that our agency must work harder than ever to connect with individuals who have had challenges along the path to employment. The dynamic partnerships with industry, education, local workforce areas, nonprofits and more continue to develop a statewide pipeline of workers ready to fill jobs that support the state’s businesses, creating sustainable careers.”