April's unemployment numbers decline nationally, Charleston sees small rise

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According to a report released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, the state's jobless rate has declined for the ninth consecutive month.

The rate fell from 8.9 percent in March to 8.8 percent in April. The number of employed dropped by 3,256 to 1,961,327, and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,799 to 189,865. The overall labor force fell 6,055 to 2,151,192 people.

Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.2 percent in March to 8.1 percent in April, with about 340,000 people leaving the labor force in April. Despite that good news, Charleston County saw unemployment rise by 7% in April.

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