South Carolina's jobless rate elevated to 8.7% in January.
Up one-tenth of a percentage point from an adjusted 8.6% in December -- it was originally 8.4% -- over 188,000 South Carolina residents found themselves without a job in January. Since January 2012, however, employment has increased by more than 26,000 workers.
Unemployment this January in Charleston embodied a similar trend, rising two-tenths of a point to 7.3% as opposed to the 7.1% of residents without jobs in December.
Here are the breakdowns from local counties:
- Berkeley County rose from 7.5% to 7.7%;
- Charleston County rose from 6.8% to 7.2%; and
- Dorchester County rose from 7.0% to 7.2%.
You can learn more about the jobs situation in this month's report from the SC Department of Employment and Workforce.
Nationally, unemployment rose from 7.8% in December to 7.9% in January.