South Carolina’s Unemployment Up in Double Digits at 10.4%
The South Carolina Employment Security Commission press release today noted that unemployment reached the highest levels since April 1983 when levels were 10.7%.
Allendale County has the dubious honor of having the highest statewide rates at 23.4% (up 2 from December 2008) while 11 counties kept their rates under 10%. Lexington County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state with 7.5%.
Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that national unemployment rate rose from 7.2 percent in December to 7.6 percent in January and was 2.7 percentage points higher than a year earlier.
As a follow-up to the previous post:
In December 2008, the national average for unemployment was 7.1%, an increase of +2.3 from the previous year.
South Carolina experienced a 9.1% unemployment rate for the same month.
The 6 counties with the highest unemployment rates were:
6. Bamberg County with 15.5% rate, +4.1.
5. Barnwell County with 15.8%, +4.8.
4. Marlboro County with 16.9%, +4.5.
3. Chester County with 17.3%, +4.9.
2. Marion County with 19.0%, +5.8.
1. Allendale County with 19.7%, +5.0.
Again, these are all rural counties and designated as manufacturing centers.