SC sees largest one-month decrease in unemployment rate

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reports February's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, down from 6.4 percent in January.

The DEW says that's the largest one-month decrease in the rate since the agency started collecting data in 1976.

"The number of South Carolinians working continues to increase-rising for the seventh consecutive month, up by 8,435 in February-to a historic high of 2,039,455. The estimated number of unemployed persons declined by 13,895, also the largest ever one-month drop, to 124,373," DEW spokesperson Adrienne Fairwell said in a news release Friday.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in February.

Here are the rates for the counties in our viewing area. Marion County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 10.6 percent. Marlboro came in at 9 percent, Dillon at 8.4 percent and Horry County at 7.2. Georgetown County's rate is 6.5 percent. Darlington and Florence counties are tied at 6.2 percent.