S.C., Beaufort unemployment continues to edge upward

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Unemployment rates had been falling for month after month, but that trend broke in May and was followed by more increases in June.

South Carolina’s unemployment rate increased to 9.4% in June from 9.1% in May — however the rate is down a full percentage point from the June 2011 rate of 10.5%.

The climb is being attributed to an increase in those unable to find work (up 6,618 in June to 202,918) and a decrease in the number of jobs (down 9,391 to 1,947,936), and the SC Department of Employment and Workforce is attributing the situation to a fall in full-time jobs with schools out for the summer. The overall labor force moved downward slightly by 2,773 people to 2,150,854.

Beaufort County also felt the pain, seeing its unemployment rate rise from 8.2% to 8.8%, with the labor force rising by 257 people to 65,892  and employment falling by 205 jobs to 60,067.

Jasper County went from 8.5% to 9.2%.

Nationally, the unemployment rate remained the same from May to June at 8.2 percent.

You can read the SC Department of Employment and Workforce's full news release on South Carolina's jobs below.

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